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HSE projects year-end deficit of €105m

The HSE made the projection in its August 2013 report, published today.

THE HSE HAS projected a year-end deficit of €105 million in its August monthly report.

It said that its year-to-date expenditure is €8.321 billion, against a budget of €8.227

This results in a gross deficit of €93.7 million at the end of August. The deficit in the same
period in 2012 was €404 million.

It said that the risk assessment / projected outlook for year end would indicate that there is a direct services projected deficit of circa €105m.

This includes a projected shortfall for hospitals of €75m and €25m on local schemes.

There has been a three per cent (8,952) increase in the overall number of emergency admissions from January to August 2013, when compared with the same period in 2012. The HSE said that cases are also more complex, which leads to higher costs.

In 2011/2013 there was a 30 per cent reduction in the number of Emergency Department patients waiting on trolleys for ward bed accommodation.

Currently, 86 per cent of all adults on the elective waiting list are waiting less than eight months, and 79 per cent of all children less than 20 weeks.

Meanwhile, in palliative care services 93 per cent of referrals get access to specialist inpatient beds within seven days, exceeding the 92 per cent target.

It said that in August all patients requiring an urgent colonoscopy were seen within the four-week target.

Medical cards

At the end of August there were 1,863,062 (that’s 40.6 per cent of the population) who had a medical
card and 124,361 (2.71 per cent of the population) in receipt of a GP Visit card.

In total, 98 per cent of completed medical card applications are processed and issued within 15 days. exceeding the National Service Plan target of 90 per cent, said the HSE.

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