HSE SIGNALS DETERMINATION TO GO AHEAD WITH CUTS TO HEALTH BUDGET

7 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The HSE’s has signalled its determination go ahead with planned cuts in the overall healthcare budget, notwithstanding Tuesday’s “u-turn” by the Government when controversial proposals to reduce by €10 million the funding for personal assistants supporting people with disabilities were withdrawn.
The statement issued by the HSE last Thursday also comes following very sharp criticism by Monaghan Hospital Alliance and Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin regarding plans to close 50 beds, reduce services and introduce staffing transfers in hospitals in the North East.
In the following statement to the press, issued before the re-think on personal assistants, the HSE indicated how it intends to save an additional €130 million this year, while “protecting, in as much as is possible, the most essential frontline services”.
STATEMENT
“As part of the overall and unprecedented financial challenge facing the country, the HSE has been set clearly defined budget targets by both the Troika and Government.
“In 2010 and 2011 the health services saw unprecedented budget reductions of approximately €1.75 billion. This was followed in 2012 with additional reductions of €750m. These reductions occur at a time when demand for health services continues to grow.
“It is well known that the HSE is running a significant budget deficit currently. This deficit exists due to a number of factors, including …

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