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?