KGH running at €2.6m over budget

BUT €3M OF PATIENT BILLS REMAIN UNPAID

SIMON BROUDER

Published 21/11/2012 | 16:56

KERRY General Hospital is running €2.6 million over budget this year according to new figures released this month by the HSE. The executive's recently released September performance Report on the entire Irish health service showed that as of the end of September Kerry General Hospital had gone €2.6 million over its agreed budget.

While management at the county's main hospital had budgeted for a spend of €50.6 million in the first nine months of 2012 the report shows a spend of €53.2m, a 5.1 percent or €2.6m overspend.

The hospital, the second largest acute hospital controlled by the HSE South, has a budget of €68.84 million for 2012. This year the hospital saw its annual budget slashed by €2.47 million falling from €71.3 million in 2011.

Financial pressures on the hospital have been compounded by the non-payment of bills by some patients and their insurers with earlier figures indicating that almost €3 million worth of patient and insurers bills remain unpaid.

While the hospital's budget has been reduced this year the number of people attending KGH has increased by a significant margin. In the first six months of the year presentations at the hospital's Emergency Department alone rose by 15.5 per cent.

Kerry General Hospital is not the only state health provider in Kerry to see significant over-runs in the first three quarters of this year. THe HSE report also reveals that the Kerry Local Health Office, which oversees community health and personal social services including GP services and public health nursing, was €1.1 million over-budget.

An overrun of 1.7 per cent in its €62.4 million budget for the nine months to the end of September saw the Kerry Local Health Office actually spend €63.5 million.

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