Cutbacks Likely As HSE Faces €370m Funding Shortfall

More health service cutbacks are likely this year following the news that the HSE is receiving less money from the Government than it needs to sustain existing services.

Reports this morning say the Government has provided the HSE with €370m less than it asked for last autumn.

The HSE said it would need €14.7bn to maintain existing levels of service.

Last week, it emerged that HSE officials in the north east had already drawn up a cost-cutting plan that could see the scrapping of A&E services at in Dundalk and the closure of a new treatment room at Monaghan General Hospital.