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In Budget Hearings:

first_imgThe Joint Committee of the Liberian Legislature has expressed grave concern over the ill-preparedness of a number of government ministries, agencies and state-owned enterprises attending the opened hearings on the expenditure component of the 2015/2016 Draft National Budget.A statement from the House Press Bureau issued late Monday evening quotes the Chairman of the Joint Committee, Moses Kollie, expressing frustration over either the deliberate or lackluster attitude on the part of some Government functionaries appearing before the Committee, unprepared to submit required budget performance report.“Such actions on the part of government institutions impede the function of the Committee and amount to Undermining the scrupulous review of the Draft Budget,” the statement said. The Ministries of Lands, Mines and Energy, Agriculture, Education, Booker Washington Institute, National Oil Company, Maritime and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation have either had their hearings called off due to their failure to present a budget performance report for the out-going fiscal year or have not shown up for hearing. Meanwhile, the Committee is warning that the passage of the Draft National Budget could be stalled if such non compliance posture goes uncorrected.The Public Financial Management and Budget Laws provide that each spending entity of Government shall present a quarterly performance report to the Liberian Legislature for effective check and balance. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more



first_imgDonegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has told the Dáil that the NoWDOC service in Donegal must be non negotiable.Deputy McConalogue raised the matter in the Dáil on Tuesday, calling on the Government to protect the current levels of out of hours GP services in the interest of patients.In response, Junior Health Minister Róisín Shorthall said the HSE were not currently considering any proposal that would see a reduction in the out of hours GP service at the four centres in Donegal. Deputy McConalogue welcomed these comments but said he remained concerned that Department of Health and the HSE were not making it absolutely clear that it is their policy to ensure there will be no cutbacks to NoWDOC in the future. Commenting following his Dáil exchange with Minister Shorthall, Deputy McConalogue said: “The NoWDOC services at Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Derrybeg and Mountcharles are absolutely essential and must not be diluted in any way.“I am concerned by the fact that the Minister for Health James Reilly and the HSE are not willing to state clearly that they are fully committed to protecting this service ahead of their upcoming discussions with GPs on how NoWDOC operates in Donegal.“NoWDOC is currently operated by support staff provided by the HSE, while local GPs cooperate by covering the NoWDOC rota.  It is essential that HSE and Minister for Health take the firm position that the service must be protected in full, when they enter negotiations with GPs.  The inability of the Minister and HSE to make their position clear is a cause of real concern.“Over 36,000 people were treated by the NoWDOC past year at a cost to the HSE of €3.168 million.  As the Government work out the health budget for next year, they must ensure that this service is simply non-negotiable for the people of Donegal,” concluded Deputy McConalogue. NoWDOC SERVICE IS NOT NEGOTIABLE – TD was last modified: October 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy charlie mcconaloguenowdoc serviceslast_img read more