The HSE says it’s cheaper to hire taxis than to replace the driver of the bus based at St Patrick’s Day Care Centre in Tralee. Since the driver of the centre’s bus retired, the bus has been idle and taxis are being used instead to bring people to and from the service. The HSE says that before the driver of the bus based at St Patrick’s Day Care Centre in Tralee retired, a cost benefit analysis of the service’s transport requirements was carried out. It showed that hiring private transport or taxis was more cost effective and flexible, than continuing to use their bus. An assessment has been completed on each individual attending St Patrick’s Day Care Centre, and the type of transport appropriate to their needs; these assessments are subject to ongoing review. The health service says it’s engaging with a voluntary group providing health services, with a view to this group using the St Patrick’s bus for their transport needs.