HSE To Cut €400M From Budget

The Health Service Executive has announced that a further €400 million may be needed to be made in budget cuts next year.

The figure comes on the heels of a previous €530 million in savings that have already been proposed, leading to almost €1 billion in total cuts being made for 2009.

Reviews will also be undertaken of 11 emergency units in Dublin and Cork following the publication of the HSE's National Service Plan for this year, which outlined the cuts.

The revelations tell a foreboding tale, as the Government prepares to unveil its plan for economic activity. A framework for recovery is expected before Christmas, which is expected to contain a plan to reinvigorate the Irish economy.

At a meeting in Government Buildings yesterday, Brian Cowen met with employers, unions, farming and social organisations to discuss the state of public finances. At the meeting the Taoiseach told the delegates that public finances were at '05 levels, and asked for submissions on how the crisis could best be tackled.


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