HSE paid consultant €700 a day for two years

The lack of a signed written contract for a management consultant who was paid €700 a day including expenses for almost two years for work at the University of Limerick Hospitals’ Group (ULG) has been described as “mind boggling”.

There are claims the HSE breached its own policies and procedures by not having a signed written contract in place for a management consultant who was paid in the region of €480,000 over a 23-month period.

The revelation surrounding the employment of Starline Management to carry out senior management roles for the ULG has prompted calls for the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee to examine claims it has been misled, and for a new investigation by the Comptroller & Auditor General.

Impact representative Andy Pike called for the C&AG to examine the latest disclosure that large sums of money were paid to a consultant for two senior management roles in ULG without any written signed contract.

HSE Mid-West confirmed there was no signed contract between Liam Casey of Starline Management for his first post of facilities manager for the ULG.

According to information released under the Freedom of Information Act, there was only a draft unsigned copy of a service level agreement between Mr Casey and ULG for his role.

The FoI document confirms there was no contract documentation in relation to the post of chief operations manager between Mr Casey and ULG, only a general job description.

Siptu official Tony Kenny described the lack of a contract for the two roles as “mind boggling” and said the HSE had breached its own financial procedures and protocols.

According to Mr Pike, information provided to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee by the HSE indicated there was a contract between the HSE for the post of facilities manager, which was awarded to Casey FM Consulting Limited before it was changed to Starline management.

In spite of the FoI details, ULG said the “information provided to the PAC was correct”.

It insisted the “detailed service level agreement with Starline Management Consulting Limited for the provision of [facilities manager] contained clear terms and conditions for the provision of facility management services”, which ULG “confirmed was legally binding”.

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