In a briefing note to the committee, HSE said early modeling estimates for intensive care unit and ventilator requirements were “ultimately overstated in the context of successful implementation of government public health measures.”
The committee will hold a hearing on Thursday on procurement and other spending by the HSE during the pandemic.
Last month, an internal audit report revealed that healthcare had prepaid €81 million for 2,194 ventilators from 10 different previously unknown suppliers. He said only 465 were delivered. Chinese and none had entered clinical use in Ireland.
HSE told PAC that its procurement team was tasked with supplying at least 1,900 ventilators in a matter of weeks in late March and early April last year.
“At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the extent of transmission, morbidity and mortality was unknown. Early modeling for Ireland showed that the death level could potentially be in the order of 40,000 deaths and the ventilation requirement potentially of the order of 0.9 per 1,000 population, which equates to something of the order of 4,500 ventilators.
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“The basis for 1900 was the best estimate available at the time of the sanctions request.”
HSE CEO Paul Reid As of September 8, he is expected to inform the committee that 5,135 deaths have occurred due to Kovid-19.
HSE said 365 of the ventilators delivered from China last year but never used in Ireland are now shipped to the US. India.
Last month’s internal audit report said that testing 100 of the first batch of 465 ventilators purchased from China showed a 41 percent failure rate. He said these test results, as well as delays in receiving other machines, led to the cancellation of other orders in April last year.
HSE told The Irish Times that 365 ventilators were delivered to India last May and distributed to five hospitals. He said all ventilators are in working order. He said the remaining 100 ventilators from China are “in quarantine due to quality-related issues”.
The HSE briefing note to PAC stated that €35.2 million was owed for canceled purchase orders with suppliers. He said that 11.6 million euros “expected to be repaid soon”.
“HSE works with legal advisors to extract as much value as possible from the companies involved”.
Separately, Mr Reid is expected to tell the committee on Thursday that the post-Christmas rise in Covid-19 cases is responsible for the €190m deficit that had emerged in the healthcare budget through the end of June. However, he predicts HSE will achieve a significant breakeven in total revenue budget by the end of 2021.
In summary, Covid-19 and the cost of responding have been significantly higher than planned and this has resulted in and has been largely offset by regrettable delays in our capacity to move forward with improvements to permanently strengthen health. service.”