Vulnerable bear the brunt of the HSE's cutbacks

The plan to charge privately-insured patients who use public hospitals is in limbo, and savings from using generic drugs have not materialised, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
1st September, 2012
James Reilly has fallen far short of realising his savings targets. Photo: Photocall

The sick, the disabled and the elderly will bear the brunt of the Health Service Executive cutbacks announced last week.

The use of certain drugs and medical equipment will be reduced, while overtime and the use of agency staff will be slashed.

Would all of these frontline cutbacks have been necessary if the Department of Health had delivered on its own agenda?

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