Thursday 23 November 2017

Despite this week's 'no-risk Budget', our health service faces greater threat of cuts

Budget cartoon
Budget cartoon
Sara Burke

Sara Burke

Government spin doctors must be thrilled with themselves as they listen to the chorus of Budget 2016 being declared as 'a Budget for everyone'. Even the usually cynical and numerate economic analysts heralded it as 'a no-risk Budget'.

But closer scrutiny of the health budget clearly shows this is not a Budget for everyone and there are huge risks for many citizens due to the choices made.

On Tuesday, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said: "I am providing €13.2bn for the delivery of health services next year. I am happy to say, this restores the resourcing of our health services to its pre-crisis level."

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