The Health Act 2004 states that within 21 days after the publication by Government of the Estimates, the Health Service Executive shall prepare a service plan and submit it to me for my approval.
The Service Plan, to be submitted before Christmas, will set out the level and type of health services to be provided in 2013. It will include plans for delivering on the Programme for Government commitments in mental health and primary care. In accordance with the Act I am required to lay a copy of the plan before both Houses of the Oireachtas within 21 days of approving it. However, it is my intention to do so as soon as is reasonably possible, after I have approved it.