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INO To Raise Budget Allocation With Minister For Health And Children. 06/12/07

PRESS RELEASE, Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

The Irish Nurses Organisation notes the announcement made today, by the Minister for Health and Children, Ms Mary Harney T.D., that health expenditure will increase by almost 9% in 2008.

The Organisation welcomes the additional monies for key areas such as services for older people, people with disabilities, cancer care, child related services and innovative service delivery projects. In relation to the innovative projects the INO will now come forward with patient centred initiatives in this area through the expansion of the role of the nurse/midwife.

However the INO remains concerned that the overall allocation will not be sufficient to meet demands in the coming year. In particular, the organisation holds the view that we cannot repeat the difficulties, existing for the last three months, where the HSE has been forced to curtail a range of services due to the fact that it had exceeded its budget because it carried out more procedures and treatments than its allocation allowed.

The Organisation was already scheduled to meet with the Minister for Health and Children on next Monday, and will now use that opportunity to seek clarification as to the level of funding provided for existing services and whether it will allow the service to work at an optimum level for all of 2008.

With regard to capital funding the INO will also be seeking clarification as to what the allocation will mean in terms of additional beds (acute and non acute) and additional primary care centres and infrastructure that are so urgently required.



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