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Department of Health to spend over €130,000 on six-week review

The six-person team will cost about €22,000 each for the six-week period.

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SIX CONSULTANTS HIRED by the Minister for Health will cost over €131,000 for six weeks of work, according to a report in the Medical Independent.

Reporter Ailbhe Jordan says that the six people will advise on the Primary Care Reimbursement Scheme and the Regional Directors of Operations (RDOs), both of which make up a part of James Reilly’s restructuring plans.

The Department of Health is paying a total of €131,000 plus VAT to PA Consulting for the six-person team.

A spokesperson for the Department told that the consultants are “undertaking an enormous amount of work” that is regarded as critical to the future of the health service.

“PA have been engaged to undertake a wide-ranging review of financial management and cost containment systems in the health service,” the Department said in a statement.

This review includes an assessment of the Ogden Report – a review of how the HSE manages its budgets and how to be more financially efficient – and the preparation for the implementation of its recommendations.

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It will also analyse existing cost containment plans, assess various options for achieving cash savings and provide recommendations for strengthening the financial management infrastructure within the Irish health service.

The reviews come as the HSE announced €130 million in cost-saving measures last week as part of a wider effort to take €850 million of next year’s health budget.

For more, read Ailbhe Jordan’s exclusive in the Medical Independent>

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