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Tuesday 23 January 2018

CUH top of the list for HSE spend on burials last year

Statistics from the Health Service Executive (HSE) have shown that Cork University Hospital (CUH) made up over 40 per cent of the €95,000 spent by the HSE on burials last year.

CUH topped last year's figures, spending almost €41,000 on burial expenses last year.

In nearby University Hospital Kerry, the spend for 2016 was a little over €1,600.

The spend was higher at some other nearby hospitals. University Hospital Waterford's spend was nearly €6,400, and over €7,500 was spent at University Hospital Limerick.

The HSE South and South Eastern area accounted for over 60 per cent of last year's spend.

Total spending on burial expenses by the HSE over the last three years ran to some €300,000. Some €90,000 was spent in 2015 and over €105,000 in 2014.

The HSE can pay for a person's burial after they have been moved to an acute setting after being in a long-term stay or a lengthy psychiatric unit stay.

Corkman

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