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‘Significant’ financial challenge this year according to HSE Annual Report

The acting HSE Director General Mr John Connaghan has pledged Executive support to both the Sláintecare Report and open disclosure legislation in his opening statement in the Annual Report.

His statement does not refer to the recent departure of former Director General Mr Tony O’Brien although in reference to the ongoing Cervical Check controversy he does note that “at the time of writing, recent events have brought the policy of Open Disclosure to the forefront, with Government now introducing legislation at the earliest opportunity. The HSE will work with Government and patients and staff interests to fully and effectively implement that legislation.”

In the financial statements section of the report it is noted that former HSE Director General received Mr O’Brien received €12,460 in HSE Directorate Expenses and he attended 16 out of 17 Directorate meetings. National Director of Acute Hospitals Mr Liam Woods received €11,152 in HSE Directorate Expenses.

In his opening statement in the Annual Report Mr Connaghan also writes about the Executive’s full support for the Sláintecare Report.

“We welcome the potential longer term stability that Sláintecare brings.

“This long term strategy signals a new direction of travel in relation to eligibility, delivery and funding of health and social care in Ireland into the future,” he writes.

The Report notes that the health service is the largest employer in the state with 110,795 whole time equivalents (WTEs) (not including home helps) employed. Over 70,000 are employed directly by the HSE with the remaining 40,000 employed by voluntary hospitals and agencies.

The total HSE expenditure in 2017 was €15.23 billion for the delivery and contracting of health and personal social services.

Total capital expenditure in 2017 was €454 million including €399m for capital projects and €55m for ICT capital projects. This included capital grants to voluntary agencies of €112.6m.

Full report available at https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/publications/corporate/annual-report-and-financial-statements-2017.pdf

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