Topics discussed were the recent health workers strike, defence forces pay, the public procurement process and the role of the Gardai and GSOC
Tag: public procurement
There is much to say about the NCH but the fundamental problem is our public procurement system, which stinks to high heaven.
Outsourcing, and the tendering for out-sourced contracts, seems to be the government’s solution to their every need, despite evidence of the disastrous results – Cervical Check and the National Children’s Hospital would be recent examples. Myself and Minister Pascal Donohoe certainly don’t agree – here’s a recent exchange on the issue.
The scandalous waste of public money at the National Children’s Hospital is compounded by the farce of giving PwC half a million Euros to ‘investigate’ it. PwC are employed by BAM, the contractor they are supposed to be investigating, and also by the Dept of Health, whose catastrophic balls-up this is! And guess who was Minister for Health when the contracts were signed – Leo himself! I put questions to Ministers Harris and Donoghoe about the very flawed procurement policies. No much by way of answers though.
Its not just dodgy builders, it’s a dodgy procurement system. How do they award public contracts? – the gerry-built schools that will now close; the €16million wasted on the broadband tender; the cervical smear contracts; the ‘Bus Connect’ fiasco; all public money, all waste and much pain. Who decides who gets the contract, and how? Where’s the accountability?
On The Sunday Show 14.10.18, Brid discussed issues relating to the change in cabinet, procurement and privatisation of public services