Wednesday 22 November 2017

Government signs off on €665m bailout for health service

Health Minister Leo Vardakar. Photo: Tom Burke
Health Minister Leo Vardakar. Photo: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

The Government has today signed off on a €665m bailout for the health service next year.

The decision, which had been well-flagged in recent weeks, was taken following an incorporeal meeting of Cabinet.

The supplementary funds are required to cover the day-to-day running of the health service, as well as schemes such as free GP care.

The money also provides for once-off payments relating to issues such as Symphysiotomy.

In a statement today, Health Minister Leo Varadkar said:

 “This is further welcome investment in the health service which takes account of some very important initiatives launched this year including the Winter Initiative, the successful extension of GP care to the youngest and oldest in society, reducing waiting times for a nursing home place from the Fair Deal scheme to between two and four weeks, and meeting tougher maximum waiting times for inpatient and outpatient procedures.

"It reflects the fact that we are providing new high-tech medicines to patients, and funding treatments under the Long Term Illness Scheme."

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