With jobs and the economy top of the election 2011 agenda, is health really a concern for voters and candidates in this election?
See here for my analysis of the budget implications for health published in today’s Irish Times, with a few of the bits they left out added back in! And my mega typo corrected…
LISTENING TO Brian Lenihan’s Budget speech, you’d think the health services were going to be untouched by austerity in the years ahead. Although health services make up 27 per cent of current spending, they are just under one-third of the €2.2 billion in cuts outlined, yet they did not even get a mention.
The 4 year National Recovery Plan outlines budget cuts for health totalling €1.4 billion, 6,000 fewer staff in the public health system and patients having to pay more for essential health care. So how painful will it be in the years ahead for the health services? And will the policy aspirations actually happen given the inevitability of a change of government…
The HSE early retirement and voluntary redundancy schemes close tonight (19 November 2010). So are they the solution to getting rid of surplus HSE staff or just another example of inept health service management? (more…)
Seven days ago at the ESRI conference on resource allocation in the health sector, Mary Harney said that the HSE is facing cuts ‘between €600,000 and one billion’. I asked her that question on the door step – so what actually did Mary Harney say?
How is it after six years of mary Harney as health minister and so called ‘reform’, the HSE West is scrambling around for €50 million of cuts.