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“The Department of Public Expenditure don’t have health anywhere in their title yet they are the guys running the health service… and are not being held account for what they are doing. They are not in the Department of Health or HSE, they’re not being seen,” IMO Director of Industrial Relations (Consultants and NCHDs) Mr Anthony Owens told the meeting. He said DPER is “higher up the food chain than the Minister for Health” as it can simply deny funding for new agreed initiatives/contracts.
IMO Consultant Committee Chairman Dr Peadar Gilligan said he hoped DPER would “begin to realise not just the cost of the health service but the value of having senior clinical decision-makers available to our patients which is clear to all of us working at the frontline. But those people need to be valued by the system…”
The meeting called for increased resources for the health system and pay restoration for consultants as a priority.