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“I want to break the very difficult cycle of budgets that we have had over the last number of years,” said Minister Harris.
“I intend to be the first Minister of Health for some time to actually bring the health service in on budget this year.
“But I don’t do that in terms of just ticking a box or some accountancy exercise. The reason I want to do that is so that any new resources that are allocated in the estimates process or in the Budget, which will take place quiet shortly, can actually be put into investing into our patients and our services.
“We are going to break that cycle this year. That is down, in no small part, to the additional half a billion euro this summer.”
The Minister also commented on the issue of patients on hospital trolleys.
“While numbers remain undoubtedly too high, factually speaking, there has been a decrease by almost 5 per cent in the number of patients waiting on trolleys this year compared to 2015,” the Minister told IHCA members.
“That is not good enough; it is not something to get very excited about. But it is a fact.”