Saturday 16 December 2017

Health cuts if Croke Park II savings not made – HSE

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

THE HSE has warned that services will have to be cut if the promised €150m in pay savings in the Croke Park II deal are not delivered.

At the Dail's Public Accounts committee, HSE chief executive Tony O'Brien said that the Government had promised that these savings would be delivered to the HSE this year.

"If they are not found through that mechanism, they will have to be found through an alternative mechanism," he said.

And Mr O'Brien confirmed that in this event, the cuts would have to be imposed on services.

If the promised pay savings are not delivered, the HSE will have a major problem in trying to achieve its overall target of a €730m reduction on its €13.6bn budget this year. But nurses, doctors and other health service workers have rejected the Croke Park II deal.

The Labour Relations Commission is  currently engaging with public sector unions to see if it is possible to agree a new deal.

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