National Recovery Plan difficult for but maybe irrelevant for health

Posted in Blog by saraburke on November 26, 2010

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…


€40m spent on agency nurses last year, €30m so far this year

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 16, 2010

Yesterdays Controller and Auditor’s general report devoted over 100 pages scrutinising how specific monies have been spent on health. In particular it highlighted €44 million the HSE spent on agency staff in 2009. Figures obtained by me today show that so far this year just another €30 million has been spent on nursing agency staff. Clearly this is not the best use of public money. (more…)