Critical juncture for health

There is a behind-the-scenes face-off between the health service managers and public expenditure, writes Pat Leahy.

10th November, 2013
James Reilly: public expenditure sources have lost confidence in the Minister for Health's leadership of his department. Photo: Collins

The battles over the health budget have not gone away. Intense, behind-the-scenes discussions are continuing between the HSE and the Department of Health over next year's service plan. In the background, watching proceedings closely, are officials from the Department of Public Expenditure. The potential for a renewed political conflict between the health minister James Reilly and the public spending minister Brendan Howlin is like static electricity between the two government parties.

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