There's an article in the Sindo today under this headline. The figures came as a result of questions in the Dáil.
The tone of the article is that this figure is too high. It contains quotes such as:
Unless my maths is wrong, 600 million represents about 4% of the health budget. Even if we accept the conventional wisdom, on this site and elsewhere, and say that a large part of this 4% is wasted, does this not still mean that money wasted on administration is a tiny fraction of the health budget?"If a private sector company had a similar level of bureaucrats it would be bankrupt within a year," said the Meath TD.
It is also unlikely that Mr Cowen will be impressed by the figures. In the immediate aftermath of the Budget the minister ordered all of the Government departments to provide specific proposals to "maximise administrative savings" by March 1, 2007.
Reading a lot of the comment here and in the other media I was left with the opinion that the health services were being weighed down by huge levels of administrative waste and that large parts of the increases in the health budget were being wasted this way. These figures seem to contradict this.
Am I missing something or is all this talk of excessive administration a bit of a storm in a teacup?
The article is here: http://www.independent.ie/national-news ... 41741.html