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Special Delivery Unit director’s consultancy paid €50k for advice

The SDU has spent €1.7 million in total on consultancies since it was set up in 2011 by Health Minister James Reilly.

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly
Minister for Health Dr James Reilly
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A CONSULTANCY FIRM that is owned by a senior advisor at the Special Delivery Unit has received around €51,000 for advising the HSE since 2011, the Medical Independent reports.

Ailbhe Jordan writes in the Medical Independent that the advisor in question is Lis Nixon, who is a Director of Performance Improvement in Unscheduled Care in the SDU. Nixon also has a firm, Liz Nixon Associates, which was paid €51, 188 by the HSE last year. The money was for providing advice related to the Acute Medicine Programme.

Nixon is paid €164,000 per annum for her role in the SDU. The SDU senior advisor Dr Martin Connor owns a company which received €370,000 in 2011 for providing ‘expert advice’ in relation to the setting up of the unit.

Figures released by the Department of Health in November show that since the SDU was established less than two years ago, the cost of consultancies associated with it has come to more than €1.7 million.

Read the full story in the Medical Independent>

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