Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (299)

Stephen Donnelly


299. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the estimate provided to his Department by the HSE on its financial position at the end of 2019. [38419/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE’s latest income and expenditure position at 31 July 2019 shows a revenue deficit of €226m which represents 2.5% of the available budget for the same period, a significant improvement on the same period last year. The main drivers of the deficit are acute hospitals, disability services, pensions, State Claims, PCRS and overseas treatments.

My Department is engaging in ongoing dialogue with the HSE and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the financial performance of the Executive year to date, including consideration of the implications for the projected outturn for the year.

These discussions are still progressing and until they are concluded it would not be appropriate for me to anticipate the outcome.