Doherty: ‘Disability and older persons services, acute hospitals to be hit in HSE effort to break even’

A Donegal TD claims the HSE is planning cuts in services for those with disabilities, for older persons and for acute hospitals — just to balance its books.

Deputy Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Fein finance spokesman, says the HSE has set up a budget oversight group with officials from the departments of Health and Public Expenditure and Reform in the effort to control health spending and staffing levels.

In response to a Freedom of Information request from Sinn Fein for all records relating to this oversight group, the party received monthly minutes of meetings between the HSE and department officials.

Although those revealed what were described as ‘saving actions’ with respect to ‘disabilities, older persons and acute hospitals in order to break even,’ details of the savings measures were not released.

Deputy Doherty says the people have a right to know where the cuts will be.