HSE will now pay staff expenses this month

The HSE has reversed plans to defer expenses payments to staff until January.

The executive blamed budgetary overruns for the decision to defer payments, but unions immediately wrote to the Health Minister Dr James Reilly urging him to intervene.

Last night, the HSE confirmed expenses would be paid before Christmas.

IMPACT's North West spokesperson Richie Carruthers says this raises serious questions about what he termed the "disconnect" between management and frontline staff in the HSE: