Health Budget 'Not Worth The Paper It's Printed On'

A Fine Gael TD has revealed only €70,000 of €5 million Budget for heart disease and diabetes was actually spent on upkeep of services.

According to the Fine Gael Health Spokesperson, Dr James Reilly TD, people with chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes had availed of only a small percentage of the spending set aside for them.

Dr Reilly said information he had received from the HSE showed that 98.6% of a €5 million budget for such services had been "hived off" to meet the health service’s financial pressures.

"The Minister is charged with dispersing €15 billion of taxpayers' money on the health service. However, it is increasingly puzzling what the Health Minister actually does when even her Budget statement is not worth the paper it's printed on."

According to the Minister, only four out of the five million euro 2007 budget for heart disease actually made it into the spending books, €1 million was held back by the Dept of Health and Children for this year.

Meanwhile, €1.5 million was given to cardiovascular disease, which was dispersed to the National Hospitals Office. However only €70,000 has been spent for the purpose.

The other remaining sums were held over in order to

"At the back of this are serious questions about the Minister's judgement. It is her HSE, designed by her, which is only now being obliged to get Departmental sign-off on budget re-allocations and which is in the midst of a planned re-decentralisation.

"In a new era of cutbacks, thanks to Brian Cowen's recession, it is patients and taxpayers, however, who are carrying the can for years of cost over-runs and unaccountable, centralised bureaucracy at the hands of Minister Harney."

Earlier this month, Ms Harney announced an €1.16 billion expenditure for this year, bringing the total health budget to €16.156 billion.


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

23 April 2019
Nine-Year-Old Girl Killed In Galway Collision
A young girl, aged nine, has died after a collision with a car while cycling in County Galway. A seven-year-old boy who was also cycling on the R358 Ballinasloe to Ahascragh road is in serious condition in hospital. The incident happened on Sunday morning, 21 April at around 11.55am.
29 April 2016
Sinn Féin Condemns Decision To Cut Mental Health Budget
A decision by the government to remove €12 million from the mental health budget has been condemned by Sinn Féin's TD, Dessie Ellis. Speaking ahead of a protest held on Thursday, Deputy Ellis said: "People suffering with mental health issues are strong, they deal with great pressures every day but they need our support to survive and recover.
03 August 2012
Health Committee Must Reconvene To Question Reilly – FF Leader
The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has called on the Oireachtas Health Committee to reconvene as soon as possible to investigate fresh revelations about a deepening budget crisis in the health service. Deputy Martin said: "This is an urgent matter that cannot wait until after the summer.
25 August 2015
Govt Called To Provide Additional Funding For Mental Health Services
The Mental Health Reform is calling on the Government to provide a minimum of €35 million additional funding for mental health services. Mental health activists from across Dublin have joined Mental Health Reform at Leinster House to launch a campaign for mental health funding in Budget 2016.
18 April 2019
Other News In Brief
State Commemoration Planned To Mark Easter Rising Anniversary A ceremony to mark the Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising is scheduled to take place outside the GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin on Easter Sunday 21 April 2019. Commencing at 12 noon, it will be led by the President Michael D. Higgins, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D.