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HSE reports €404m financial deficit to end of August

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had the largest overspend in the hospital sector running at nearly €20 million at the end of August.

Beaumont Hospital recorded the biggest overspend exceeding its budget by nearly €20 million.
Beaumont Hospital recorded the biggest overspend exceeding its budget by nearly €20 million.

THE HSE HAS recorded a financial deficit of €404 million to the end of August, according to its most recent financial report.

The report said hospitals recorded a collective deficit of just over €200 million while community schemes and community services ran at a deficit of €149.8 million and €53.9 million.

Some 255,765 people were admitted as emergencies in acute hospitals that provide Emergency Care services, an increase of 6,935 on the same period last year. Over all 69 per cent of all admissions are reported as ‘emergency’.

At the end of August there were 37,500 additional medical cards over the year end target of 105,000 cards

The report also said the total number of people employed in the health sector is now below early 2005 numbers and there are less people employed in management and administration than any time since 2002.

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had the largest overspend in the hospital sector running at nearly €20 million at the end of August.

Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Ennis reported the lowest variance in spending at just 0.5 per cent or €59.

A review of emergency care activity showed no hospital reached the target of 95 per cent of all attendees at emergency department being discharged or admitted within 6 hours or 100 per cent of people admitted within 9 hours of registration in August.

The hospital which faced the greatest challenge in reaching the 9 hour target for people admitted was Beaumont Hospital.

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