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    GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW NEED FOR HSE FUNCTIONS

    Review will consider if HSE remains the best way to deliver objectives

    The Government reform of the public sector includes regular reviews of all remaining public bodies. Minister for Employment Mark Hoban has now launched (25th April) a review of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    The review will assess whether there is a continuing need for HSE’s functions, as well as whether it is complying with the principles of good governance. Mark Hoban said:

    “In 2010 we acted to close down unnecessary public bodies and ensure that those that remained were fit to deliver public services efficiently and effectively.”

    Routine reviews, such as the one I am launching today, ensure that bodies such as HSE continue to be fit for purpose, and that they are providing the value for money that the taxpayer expects.”

    If the conclusion is that the functions are still required, the review will then examine whether HSE as currently constituted remains the best way to perform those functions, or if another delivery method might be more appropriate.

    Review of HSE “crass and cold hearted”

    Construction union UCATT have described the review as “crass and cold hearted”.  Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT added:

    “The timing of this announcement could not be more offensive, coming on the eve of Workers Memorial Day. This is another crass and cold hearted attack on safety by a Government that is not interested in protecting the safety of workers.

    This isn’t an innocent review. The Government have got a great deal of form in cutting safety legislation. The way that this announcement was sneaked out demonstrates this review is a smokescreen for a further attack on safety standards. Their attacks on safety are endangering workers lives.”

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