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  Medical staff  in the Covid emergency department at St Vincent’s hospital: the HSE spent €1 billion on PPE  rather than its usual €15 million budget in 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

On February 4th last year an FFP2 face mask could be bought for 50c. Within a week, as the Covid-19 pandemic loomed larger internationally, its price (...)

In 2020 the HSE spent nearly €1 billion on personal protective equipment. Photograph: Alan Betson

On February 4th last year a face mask protecting against airborne particles, known technically as an FFP2, could be obtained for 50c. Within a week, (...)

The Health Service Executive  will have ‘limited capacity’ within its plan to respond in 2021 to further pay or other pressures, beyond those already provided for. File photograph: Getty

Unprecedented funding allocated this year by Government will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change how healthcare is delivered in Irela(...)

The HSE said the PPE markets were “volatile, complex and uncertain”. It said additional and secondary supply lines had to be opened at pace. Photograph: Alan Betson

Last Wednesday, the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, told the Oireachtas health committee the Health Service Executive would spend €920 million (...)

The Minister told the HSE he wanted it to carry out a ‘thorough audit’ of its systems and controls concerning sourcing, management and usage of personal protective equipment. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has instructed the Health Service Executive to carry out an audit of how it buys, manages and uses personal prote(...)

HSE ceo Paul Reid (left) said the announcement by chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan (right) bore ‘absolutely no resemblance to that which we previously discussed and has taken no account of what can be achieved by when’. Photographs: Gareth Chaney/Collin Keegan/Collins

Newly-released correspondence shows serious tensions at the very highest levels of the HSE over what it saw as attempts by the National Public Health (...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly said it was ‘astonishing’ the Minister would approve a service plan with no funding allocated for new drugs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has rejected a last-minute plea by the HSE board for up to €20 million in special funds for newly available drugs and medicines this ye(...)

Patient advocate Mark Molloy  said he felt ‘let down’ by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Opposition parties have criticised Government under-funding of the national maternity strategy, in the wake of the resignation of patient advocate Mar(...)

Mark Molloy, who has stepped down from the HSE board after only seven months, has with his wife Róisín campaigned for greater accountability in the health service for many years. Photograph: Eric Luke

Patients are the reason the health service exists, so the resignation of a patient advocate from the board of the Health Service Executive (HSE) is an(...)

Patient advocate Mark Molloy, pictured with his wife Roisin, said he feels ‘let down’ by Minister for Health Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over the under-funding of the national maternity strategy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One of two patient advocates on the board of the Health Service Executive (HSE) has resigned after only six months in protest at the “tokenistic” trea(...)

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