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Brendan Keenan: Reform is more important than reduction -- in every sphere

Most savings will be wiped out by the debt interest rate -- welcome to the austerity trap

Published 07/10/2012 | 05:00

IT'S the little things that get you, right enough. There we were, looking at a €300m hole in the 2012 health budget and all the fuss was about two primary health centres which may, or may not, be in the wrong place

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That €300m is an impossible figure to grasp (though not as impossible as the €13,000m spent on the health service this year), whereas everyone can grasp the issues in Swords and Balbriggan. As a result, this has caused the Government far more trouble.

It may have nothing to do with the Health Minister's political woes, but one got the sense at the presentation of official financial figures for the first nine months of 2012 that there was little stomach for trying to correct the health budget overshoot between now and the end of the year.

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