Friday February 21, 2020

Budget Fallout: Scraping the bottom of the barrel?

The removal of €700 million from the health budget is set to have a huge impact on staffing levels, writes Siobhán Brett.

13th January, 2013
Nurses and midwives protest: the HSE wants to replace 1,000 agency nurses with new recruits. Photo: Photocall

Reduction of staff, reduced spending on drugs, the implementation of new medical card eligibility conditions and the gradual introduction of charges for public beds - these are just some of the ways in which the health service will attempt to absorb more than €700 million in budget cuts this year.

The HSE National Service Plan, released last week, has given some indication of where cuts will be made, but specific details of the planned measures...

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