Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (206)

Joan Burton


206. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the expected cost overrun in the health budget for 2019; his plans to address the cost overrun in Budget 2020 or via Supplementary Estimates by year end; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36031/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of every Department and Minister and this includes the Department of Health. The Minister of Health has indicated that there are cost pressures emerging this year but it is too early to predict the extent of any cost overrun that may emerge on the Health budget.

I and my Department are in regular contact at Ministerial and official level to ensure that expenditure is being managed in line with the overall fiscal parameters and to ensure that cost pressures are appropriately addressed.