Lack of health costings in Budget 19 "unacceptable" - Louise O'Reilly TD
Speaking this evening Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the lack of costings for additional health measures in Budget 2019 is "unacceptable".
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“There are many aspects of Budget 2019 which raise significant questions but, none more so than the lack of detailed costings for the health service.
“The health service section of Budget 2019 points to many new measures which the government claim they will deliver, however, hardly any of these are costed in any detail.
“In previous years in the summary of new measures to be delivered there was a detailed breakdown of the funding to be provided for additional measures.
“However, this year the health section of the budget, unlike every other section, has little or no costings on the measures that are proposed for health - this is unacceptable.
“How are we to take as credible a budget which doesn’t even cover the most basic costings for the additional measures for the health service?
“The health section for Budget 2019 looks like it was calculated on the back of an envelope at the last hour.
“How can we take this budget seriously when it has a complete lack of costings for even the most basic additional measures, in addition to the fact that Fine Gael have used volatile corporation tax receipts to fund current expenditure in health.
“It appears that very few additional measures have been included in the budget document itself and very few have been costed in order to allow the Minister for Health and his colleagues to say they will deliver the sun, the moon, and the stars without having to prove they can provide it.
“In our Alternative Budget Sinn Féin showed exactly how you could fund and deliver new services, we costed the measures, and we showed it could be done in a sustainable and fair way. Fine Gael didn’t because they are just interested in spin and talk when it comes to the health service."