Press Release - People Before Profit Feb 2019
The government is paying out nearly half a million euro to PWC to find out why there was a cost over-run at the National Children’s Hospital. But PWC has been the recipient of major contracts from BOTH the HSE and the construction company involved, BAM.
Health Minister Simon Harris recently rewarded PWC with a 1.8 million euro contract to examine the re-structuring of the HSE.
This is despite the fact that a previous PWC report on medical cards was criticised by the Comptroller and Auditor General as faulty. That particular report had claimed that by culling ‘ineligible beneficiaries’ from the medical card system, savings of between €65 million and €210 million could be made.
On the other side of the fence. PWC has been picking up easy money from BAM, the main construction company involved in building the National Childrens’ Hospital. For the past nine years it has earned €4 million a year as its auditors.
By pure co-incidence, PWC was also the firm that recommended that water charges be introduced. While proposing new taxes on the wider population, PWC was simultaneously the main ‘tax planner’ to global companies who were using Ireland as a tax dodging haven.
No wonder Varadkar and Harris appointed PWC for a so-called independent investigation.
They already know that a company that gets lucrative contracts will not be too critical of its paymasters.