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New health regions of ‘particular significance’ to Service Plan

By Reporter - 14th Feb 2024

The HSE headquarters in Dublin

The new HSE National Service Plan (NSP) 2024 contains specific funding for the six new health regions.

In a statement, the HSE said the NSP 2024 also includes:

  • €162.8 million investment in new service developments, including “enhancing mental health and disability services”;
  • €918.7 million once-off funding;
  • €834.7 million to fund increased costs of providing the existing level of service.

Overall, the Government has allocated a budget of €23.5 billion for the plan, which is 4.6% above last year’s budget

On “addressing waiting lists and times”, the HSE said the NSP 2024 has a “targeted plan”.

According to the Executive, in 2023 the “HSE responded to more than 100,000 people above what had been targeted…The HSE reduced the time people are waiting to levels not experienced in many years, the reduction in those waiting longest was particularly beneficial.”

“The National Service Plan 2024 continues to move the HSE towards the goal of universal healthcare in line with the ambitions of the Government and the HSE’s Corporate Plan,” said Mr Ciarán Devane, HSE Chairman.

“The NSP for 2024 is a continuation of the work of the preceding year and represents another year of growth. Together, the two years will see staff increase in the region of +9,000 WTE [Whole Time Equivalents] and funding by €3bn.”

The HSE CEO Mr Bernard Gloster said: “In 2023, we improved access in both scheduled and unscheduled care but with, many challenges remaining, these must be our priorities again in 2024.”  

The Executive’s CEO said that of “particular significance” for 2024 is the establishment of the six new HSE health regions.

“Designed to bring about integrated care, effective decision-making and local focus, these new structures will mark a significant departure from the organisation that was over the past 18 years.”

To view or download a full copy of the HSE National Service Plan 2024, see here.

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