Government accused of funding health service to ‘stand still’ next year

"Entirely possible” that further supplementary budget needed for the health service, Stephen Donnelly tells Dáil

Stephen Donnely, Minister for Health: “We simply do not know at this point what level of demand is going to be seen.” Picture: RollingNews.ie

The Health Minister has defended the head of the HSE’s criticism of next year’s health budget saying Bernard Gloster was “absolutely within his rights” to raise concerns over the level of funding.

Stephen Donnelly was addressing the Dáil on Thursday amid coalition tensions over the funding package provided in this year’s budget and a €1.5 billion deficit which is likely to be repeated next year.

Opposition parties, meanwhile, have criticised the government over next year’s ...