Government to take immediate action to cut health budget13/07/2012 - 12:02:39
The Government is to take immediate steps to reign in a €280m overspend in the health budget.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to chair a meeting of the Cabinet's Health Sub-committee today where Ministers will consider what action must be taken.
The Troika has ordered the Government to cut health spending after reviewing the public finances yesterday.
Speaking at Croke Park today, the Taoiseach said that every effort will be made to minimise the effect of health cuts on frontline services.
However, he said that immediate steps would have to be taken to curb spending.
"Traditionally what happened in most departments, particularily in the Depatment of Health, was that you waited until the back end of the year and a supplementary estimate was introduced," he said.
"There will be no supplementary estimate introduced in any department this year, so that means that the corrective measures have to be put in place now."
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