Troika must be told to back off on Health budget – Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the deficit in the Health budget, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said the Cabinet sub-committee on Health must tell the Troika to back off on its demands for more cuts.
“The latest report from the Troika targets the HSE deficit and there is a drive to impose even more severe cuts in our already struggling public health services. The reality is that the cuts imposed in Budget 2012 are unsustainable and the targets set for reduced spending are not realisable. This is especially the case for hospitals which are experiencing higher numbers attending and higher than planned levels of activity with our increased population.
“Further cuts in 2012 in addition to those already imposed would be totally unacceptable and a further attack on the care of patients in our health system. The Cabinet sub-committee should tell the Troika to 'back off'' the health budget.
“If the Government fails to do this then we can only draw the conclusion that the target of further health cuts was identified for the Troika by the Government itself, thus making the government even more culpable in its pursuit of its futile and punitive austerity programme.”