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Not-for-profit sector raise serious questions about coercive behaviour of HSE during agreement negotiations – Louise O’Reilly TD

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Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said the claims made by the not-for-profit sector that they are routinely coerced into signing service agreements which hide their deficits must be immediately investigated.

Speaking this morning, Deputy O’Reilly said:

“This morning the Oireachtas Health Committee heard from representatives from the not-for-profit sector and their role in the delivery of health and social services.

“The representatives from organisations who provide home help services, disability services, respite services, and many other health services raised serious concerns regarding organisations being coerced by the HSE into signing service arrangements which hide deficits caused by the HSEs failure to properly fund the organisations.

“It was explained to the committee that organisations who refused to hide these defects were punished, with the HSE withholding 20% of their funding until they agreed to sign a service arrangement essentially known to be false.

“This is incredibly coercive and manipulative behaviour by the HSE and warrants immediate investigation by the government.”

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