Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson, Billy Kelleher has said that he is concerned at the awarding of €1.5 million contract by the HSE to a UK-based change management consultant firm at a time when there are clear basis capacity issues in the health service.

Deputy Kelleher was commenting after it emerged that the HSE has awarded a contract to Chalfont Project Ltd to provide change management services in the health service to improve ‘care, compassion, trust and learning.

“It’s beyond baffling that a) the HSE couldn’t find a better way to spend this money at a time when there are growing waiting lists and b) those working in the HSE need to be reminded of the need to be compassionate and to learn.

“This smacks of too many managers and not enough clinicians involved in the running of our health system.

“If you ask front line nurses or doctors, they will say use this money and other money spent on similar activities to entice graduates back home from the UK, the US and Australia.

“Of course there is a time and a place for change management programmes, but the HSE was established 15 years ago – it’s time to deliver health services not navel gaze,” concluded Kelleher.