Litany of waste across HSE laid bare as €721m is slashed from budget

Staff got paid for weekend shifts when unit was shut

A LITANY of waste and value- for-money failings across key areas such as staffing, patient transport, drug payments and computer systems has been revealed in a series of confidential internal audits carried out by the HSE. The audits, obtained by the Irish Independent, come as the health service is forced to inflict cuts of more than €721m this year, including withdrawing medical cards from 40,000 people.

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