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Saturday 24 February 2018

Taoiseach blames hospital managers for overspending reporters

The Taoiseach has lashed out at overspending in hospitals and blamed managers for the problem.

His comments came after a report from the Health Service Executive (HSE) showed it had overspent its budget by €170m, in year ended May.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny hospital managers and described the matter as “intolerable” against the backdrop of the economy.

“It’s either incompetence or mismanagement,” he said.

His comments came just days after the fallout from a Government decision to close the accident and emergency services at Roscommon hospital after 70 years

Hospital overspending accounts for €120m of the total overspend.

Waiting lists for children and adults have also increased to over 54,700 in the same period.

The Irish Patients' Association has also expressed concern about the figures.

The HSE said earlier that some hospitals will run into serious cash flow problems if they don’t control spending.

The overspending is blamed on a number of factors, including the failure to recoup charges from public and private patients.

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