Hospital spending may exceed €107m
Sligo Regional Hospital could end up spending more than €107m this year.
But it's budget is only €96.8m, leaving a projected deficit of €10.6m.
That's according to the West/North West Hospitals Group Service Plan for 2014, which has just been released.
Projected births for Sligo Regional Hospital in 2014 at 1,543 still show it having the lowest number of births at any centre in the Hospitals Group.
In the year ahead, Sligo Regional Hospital hopes to deal with 102,039 outpatients and 17,387 inpatients.
It expects to see 42,096 cases pass through its Emergency Department in 2014.
The report also states that the recruitment of particular grades of staff continues to be a challenge , and a challenge to service delivery.
These grades include theatre and critical care nursing, particularly in Sligo and Galway.
It also refers to difficulty recruiting mammography trained radiographers.
This is the first service plan since the Group was expanded in 2013 to include hospitals in Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.
Bill Maher, Group CEO, said: "In addition to minimising administrative overheads, operating as a Group allows us to transfer work where we have resources.
"The reviews of maternity services, cardiology and ED for the Hospital Group will be considered as part of the broader national reviews by the Department of Health and the HSE.
"It is only fair to say change is inevitable.
"We need to challenge how things have been done in the past in order to improve patient services.
"Standing still is not an option."