The HSE is not capable of doing anything more than squandering taxpayers’ money at the expense of the vulnerable in society, Cork North West Fine Gael Deputy Aine Collins told the Dáil.
Speaking on the Health Insurance Bill she said the only way to reduce insurance costs was to reduce hospital and care costs. But she felt that judging from the past and present actions of the HSE and its inefficient handling of the recent change to home help services it was highly unlikely that organisation was capable of doing anything more than squandering taxpayers' money at the expense of the most vulnerable in our society.
“Despite the fact that the HSE is overstaffed at an administrative level, all it was capable of doing was a desktop study of its customers' needs, which appears to bear no relation to the situation on the ground,” she said. “Despite the fact that it has many administrators, the HSE seems unable to communicate with or even discuss cases with public representatives or people on the ground.”
If Fine Gael hopes to follow through with their election commitment to introduce universal health insurance at an affordable cost, they must begin by abolishing every block in the HSE, she said. “The organisation is unfit for purpose. Instead of promoting better health services, it is the main reason progress is not being made.
“We talk a great deal about how good we are at innovation in this country but I have yet to see any of that in the processes and the delivery of our health services.”