Tuesday 23 September 2014

Menu of Budget health cuts yet to be decided – James Reilly

5/11/2012; Minister for Health, James Reilly, T.D., pictured at the official opening of the Raheny Community Nursing Unit, a 100 bed facility to provide full time residential care for older persons. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

The menu of cuts to affect the health service in next week’s Budget have yet to be signed off, Health Minister Dr James Reilly said today.

The Minister said the health service will need a bailout from the Department of Finance for it to balance its books.

But the extent of the supplementary funding needed will not be known until the coming days.

The Minister, who was appearing before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, promised that there will be better accounting in the health service next year to try to avoid massive overruns.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is heading for a €400m overrun in 2011, partly due to inaccurate financial projections being made in January.

The Minister said today that the HSE’s national spending and service plan will be brought before the Cabinet for 2013 before anything is signed off.

He said there are now more accountancy experts working in the HSE and he was intending bringing legislation before the end of the year to overhaul the top management in the organisation.

He is also looking at starting a JobBridge scheme which would involve newly qualified nurses working as interns in hospitals.

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