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This represents an increase of 4.6 per cent or 4,557 WTEs overall in the year and compares with an increase or 2,332 WTEs in the same period in 2014. This increase has been driven by the conversion of agency staff to WTEs, according to the HSE.
The HSE today published its 2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements
The total HSE expenditure in 2015 was €13.895 billion for the delivery and contracting of health and personal social services. In progressing the HSE Capital Plan 2015, the total expenditure was €388m which included capital grants to voluntary agencies of €84.5m.
The HSE provided funding of €3.621bn to non statutory agencies to deliver health and personal social services – acute voluntary hospitals €1.908bn (53%) and non acute agencies (47%).
“The entire health system is busier than ever,” said Director General Mr Tony O’Brien.
“We are treating more patients in an environment where significant progress in clinical programmes, reform, new innovations and technology are positively impacting how we deliver care. While demand and patient expectation is growing we need to ensure such improvements continue and spread.”
Among other figures contained in the report is that in 2015 the National Ambulance Service responded to 303,502 calls of which 3,810 were ECHO calls (life threatening cardiac or respiratory arrest) and 105,061 were DELTA calls (other life threateninig illness or injury).
Over one and a half million people received in patient or day case treatment in acute hospitals during the year. Overall there was an increase of 19,861 patients treated when compared with 2014.
The HSE Annual Report and Financial Statements are available here