Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ceisteanna (586, 587)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

586. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if he will set out the projected cumulative monthly savings in respect of each of the savings measures outlined in part C of his Department's chapter of budget 2013's expenditure report. [11621/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

587. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the budget savings that have been achieved in January and February respectively; and the way these compare to the projected cumulative monthly savings in respect of each of the savings measures outlined in part C of his Department's chapter of budget 2013's expenditure report. [11623/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 586 and 587 together.

Developing appropriate budgets is an integral aspect of management of the health services, and detailed work was undertaken in the context of the preparation of the regional plans, ensuring that the savings measures have been appropriately profiled across the year. As the Deputy will be aware, additional expenditure was provided for in the context of the preparation of budgets, to address incoming underlying deficits, demographics pressures and commitment in the Programme for Government. As this expenditure is also provided for in the budgets, expenditure will be monitored in its totality rather than monitoring the savings in isolation. Monthly expenditure profiles are currently being finalised and will be published as part of the Revised Estimates Volume. In addition, monthly profiles and actual expenditure will be published monthly as part of the HSE monthly performance reports.