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HSE is now €208 million over budget

The latest HSE performance report shows the extent of the overspend for the first six months of the year.

THE HSE HAS overspent its budget by €208 million up to the end of June this year.

RTÉ reports that the latest monthly performance report from the Health Service Executive  reveals that spending on hospitals is over by €124 million.

By the end of May the overspend was in the region of €170 million – €120 of that was on hospitals.

A shortage of junior doctors has meant an increase in the cost of employing agency doctors. The junior doctor shortage hit on 11 July. Doctors from abroad have arrived to work in Ireland to help close the gap, which on 22 July was at 191 vacant posts.

Irish hospitals have 191 vacant junior doctor posts>

HSE: Hospitals have overspent €120m by May>

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