HSE confirm likely overrun by end of year with 2019 Capital Plan still not published – Jonathan O’Brien TD
Sinn Féin TD for Cork North-Central Jonathan O’Brien TD has criticized the Government for failing to publish the HSE Capital Plan for 2019 despite beginning the second half of the year.
Speaking today after the Budgetary Oversight Committee, where the HSE confirmed it is on course for another budget overrun by the end of 2019, Deputy O'Brien said:
“Today at the Budgetary Oversight Committee the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health confirmed to me that the department and HSE are on course to have a deficit by the end of the year.
“At current levels of spending by the end of June, Health is on course to require a supplementary estimate of between €150 million and €450 million. As I have already said, this along with the Christmas Bonus, will require the majority of investment the Government have made available for investment in 2020.
“The Government’s budgeting lacks any credibility.
“We also know that the Government is planning to offset their inability to manage the health service by cutting vital schemes such as the Rehabilitative Training Allowance for school leavers with disabilities.
“This is unacceptable.
“We also learned today that the HSE Capital Plan for 2019 has still not been published, despite entering the second half of 2019.
“The Government must come clean on the cuts they are planning to make in services and capital projects to compensate for their inability to manage oru health service.”