Sunday 18 March 2018

Hard to assess HSE progress

THE health service, as orchestrated by the HSE, is infuriatingly difficult to evaluate. Claims about the degree and pace of improvement are confusing, and often seem contradictory.

Asked about a leaked draft HSE plan to reduce the number of hospital beds by 1,100 this year, while cutting the number of inpatient hospital admissions by 54,000, chief executive Brendan Drumm said that this was the right thing to do. More treatments should be performed on an out-patient basis or in assessment units.

Four years ago, he said, the HSE was anticipating spending €2.5bn on 3,000 beds but, today, we are managing without those extra beds and, indeed, with 1,000 fewer beds.

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