HSE growing deficit raises questions over government’s budgetary stance - Jonathan O'Brien TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform, Jonathan O’Brien TD, has raised concerns over a potential deficit of 800 million within the HSE by the close of 2018.
This comes following reports of the HSE recording a deficit of 101.5 million from January to February alone, with the trend expected to continue throughout the year.
Deputy O’Brien said:
“In light of the deficits recorded and projected within the HSE, the conservative fiscal position adopted by the Government and Fianna Fail in the Summer Economic Statement raises doubts about their willingness to address the current crises in the HSE, and their ability to offer a functioning health service in the coming years.
“The HSE has already recorded a deficit of 101.5 million for the months of January and February.
"Indeed, the former director general of the HSE Tony O’Brien told the Minister for Health that this could reach a figure of 800 million by the year’s end.
“While these statistics indicate that the government has failed to adequately invest in our health service, they are experienced within our hospitals amidst growing waiting lists and a trolley crisis that is yet to be addressed.
“The recent Summer Economic Statement indicated the Government’s determination to withhold funding that is available to invest in our public services.
"Given the projected deficit within the HSE, that is projected to rise to over 200 million by the middle of the year, it is doubtful that the budgetary stance adopted by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael will be able to address the problems that pervade our health service."