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    Default Up to €1billion to be cut from HSE budget: Harney

    Mary Harney is reported as having said this morning that between €600m and €1billion will have to be cut from the HSE budget next year (IIRC the HSE budget is circa €12billion). She said that finding these cuts will not be easy as 70% of the HSE budget goes in pay, which of course is off limits under Croke Park with any change in work practices unlikely to contribute anything next year as the government did a side deal with the Unions to pay upfront compensation for changes in work practices.

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    Default Health to carry a quarter of the budget cuts: Harney

    Coming up on RTE radio news now, Harney has claimed that her department will face a cut of up to €1Bn in the budget. With the total cut expected to be in the order of €4Bn this means that Health will bear 1/4 of the cuts.

    Once again this appalling government targets the sick for the lions share of the burden.

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    From RTE
    Minister for Health Mary Harney has said she expects that between €600 million and €1 billion will be removed from the Health Service Executive's budget.

    She said that considering that 70% of the overall budget is designated to pay, that it would not be easy.
    For ever €4 of expenditure this year, €1 went on health. It makes sense that of every €4 cut, €1 comes from health. If she makes even 50% of it though pay then it'll be as good a result as the department could have hoped for.
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    will you lot stop worrying. Marys salary & pensions will not be touched...........nurses and other front line staff will get fired first........so all is well in Harney la la land
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    "She said that considering that 70% of the overall budget is designated to pay, that it would not be easy. ".

    Then can I sugggest she actually talks to people working in the supposed "health service". Every single one of them that I know can point at unnecessary staff, ridicul;ous work practises and waste.
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    Will these cuts be found in expenses or pension top ups I don't think so.
    Services are at a bare minimum as it is. Front line staff are hampered by staff shortages and lack of resources.
    Maybe all the fancy outside agencies providing advice on how to save money, at a high cost of course paid more than they save probably, could be banned
    plus Cathal Magee's €322,000 salary is not needed the Minister for health is already the head of the HSE surely or maybe we can save €112,428 by not paying Mary?

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    Harney: HSE must cut

    The information in the link is NOT good.
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    GOSH...you'd think that the Minister and her government had nothing to do with the Croke Park agreement. They are co-conspirators here and to pretend otherwise is pathetic of her!!

    Re the 1 billion on cuts.....Audits will check health staff have enough to do - The Irish Times - Tue, Oct 19, 2010
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    For ever €4 of expenditure this year, €1 went on health. It makes sense that of every €4 cut, €1 comes from health. If she makes even 50% of it though pay then it'll be as good a result as the department could have hoped for.
    The difference between management and government is the former is about numbers but the latter deals with people. Killing people by arithmetic should be anathema to a civilised government.

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    Mary Harney contends that 70% of the HSE's budget is salary and she is constrained by the Croke Park agreement against any further cuts. The assumption would then be the other 30% is actually health care. Guess where the cuts are going to be?
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