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Government admission on health spending 'mind-boggling'

25 January, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance and Health, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD has described the admission by Brian Cowen in the Dáil today that there is almost a €60 million shortfall in the Health Budget for 2006, which was only announced last December as 'mind-boggling'. He went on to say that the error in the accounts of the Health Service Executive was more proof of the "shambolic" nature of health service governance in the State.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Brian Cowen's announcement this evening that there is almost a €60 million shortfall in the Health Budget for 2006, which was only announced last December is mind-boggling. It is beyond belief that such an enormous error in the accounts of the Health Service Executive could exist. It's additional proof if proof were needed of the absolutely shambolic nature of Government management of health service provision in this State.

"Rather than indulging her private profiteers in opening their private and exclusive clinics the Minister for Health, Mary Harney would be far better employed making sure that the taxpayers money is being properly accounted for and being properly spent on our public health service needs." ENDS

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