Health service to get boost in spending from Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil is expected to promise to raise spending by around an extra €450m to fund its new plan for the health service.
The health policy, which will be formally launched today, is aimed at wooing the electorate in advance of the next general election with pledges to embark on a massive recruitment campaign for the public health system.
The plan will cover proposals over one year and five years. It aims to hire another 200 hospital consultants over five years.
Funding will also be generated through a sugar tax on fizzy drinks - a proposal the current government abandoned despite the recommendations of report.
Fianna Fáil will also revive the National Treatment Purchase Fund's role by giving it a budget to "buy" operations and outpatient appointments for public patients who are waiting longest.
It also plans to dramatically increase the ranks of physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
It will retain the Health Service Executive.