Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (582)

Stephen Donnelly


582. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 284 of 22 October 2019, the breakdown of time related saving of €73 million available on a once-off basis within the Health vote in 2019. [44789/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The annual health gross current allocation for 2019 is €16.4bn. The level of once off time related savings estimated as arising by year end is 0.4% of this total budget. Each year funding is allocated to new developments, as part of the annual budget process based on estimated commencement dates.

Once off time related savings can arise for any number of reasons.

- facilities opening later than the timing assumed when planning the operational funding levels in the Budget due to delays in construction timetable.

- Procurement/negotiation timelines extending longer than originally planned for when setting funding levels.

- Recruitment into designated roles, including notice period requirements resulting in actual start dates later than estimated.

The specific detail on this aspect of the supplementary budget will not be finalised until closer to the year end. Detail on the supplementary budget will be available following approval by the Select Committee on Health.