HSE has 'no excuse' for failure after €1bn injection
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned the HSE that the Government would accept "no excuses" for failing to improve the health service after it was allocated almost €1bn in funds this year.
Mr Varadkar was responding to reports that the HSE has told the Government it is facing a projected deficit of €300m this year. Mr Varadkar said the current health budget was "the biggest since the foundation of the State".
He also said people were entitled to see improvements in the service due to the extra funds provided this year.
He added: "We're not going to accept any excuses for failure to do so." Both the Taoiseach and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe indicated they expected the HSE to work within its €14.1bn budget for 2017.
Mr Donohoe referred to the increase of almost €1bn earmarked for the HSE this year.
"I expect any projected deficits to be managed ... carefully, to be dealt with in the context of those increased resources," he said. He added that he expected the HSE service action plan agreed with the Government to be delivered.