Health Minister admits elective surgery could be postponed due to HSE staff retirements
HEALTH Minister James Reilly has admitted there could be postponements to elective surgery procedures as a result of the impact of the thousands of retirements from the Health Service Executive.
However, he added that he hoped that day cases would increase again once the HSE adapts to the changes.
About 8,000 of public sector staff, including about 3,000 in the health area, are leaving the system by the end of February so they can avail of better pension packages.
I've absolutely no problem in saying that one of the things we have to do is slow down on elective in-patient procedures for a short period of time to allow us absorb this change, then we'll do that," he said.
"But we will increase our productivity toward the middle of the year, because I have made it very clear that the new challenge this year is that every patient be treated within nine months."