Hse Takes Action Following Allegations Of Hospital Staff Accepting Gifts

HSE TAKES ACTION FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS OF HOSPITAL STAFF ACCEPTING GIFTS

The HSE has taken action in relation to allegations that hospital staff accepted holidays and gifts from a medical supplier.

An RTE Prime Time Programme has claimed staff at the Beacon Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin received expensive gifts and passed on sensitive information to the company.

A statement from the HSE this morning confirmed an investigation has been launched and no payments will be made to Eurosurgical “until further notice” by any HSE bodies.

Chief Executive of the Irish Medical and Surgical Trade Association, Justin Carty, says the activities alleged in the programme are strictly prohibited.

“Unlawful payments and practices are strictly prohibited by our code of practice” he said.

“Members should not directly or indirectly offer, make or authorise payment of money or anything of material value to unlawfully induce or influence judgement or the conduct of individual customer or company to win or attain business, to influence any act or decision of any government official or to gain an advantage” he added.

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