Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (77)

Michael Moynihan

Ceist:

77. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if he expects the Health Service Executive budget to be in a deficit for the year; the action he will take to ensure that any measures to contain cost overruns will have minimal service impact; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48932/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The financial situation in the HSE continues to be extremely challenging. In the short term, to address the 2012 position, a range of measures are being undertaken in order to achieve a balanced budget. These include the use of capital to fund revenue on a once-off basis and the transfer of Department funds to the HSE on a once-off basis. The HSE has been required to review all pay and non-pay savings targets with a view to further targeting all areas which do not compromise patient safety.

The HSE has indicated that it will achieve €130m in savings to address the deficit. Nearly 50% will come from more focused cash and stock management initiatives, savings in medical equipment (non-capital), furniture, education, training, office expenses, travel and subsistence and advertising. €6m of savings will come from the non-reimbursement of certain non-essential products. Some €60.5m of savings will come from specific service-related measures. These measures are now the subject of intensive discussions with the HSE and local stakeholders. I have instructed the Executive that efficiencies must be achieved in the first instance before patient services are affected and in this regard, patient safety must be paramount.

Question No. 78 answered with Question No. 17.