Outpatient Appointments To Go Ahead
Written 2 weeks ago by Ben Finnegan
Outpatient appointments will go ahead as planned today following the suspension of this week’s nurses strike.
Surgical patients will be contacted by their hospital if their procedure is going ahead.
The HSE says it will do everything it can to restore normal service today.
The deal will be discussed by Cabinet Ministers later this morning which could see nurses get a pay rise of up to 7%.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohue has refused to be drawn on the details until then, but says he believes it’s consistent with the public service stability agreement.
Meanwhile, a list of spending projects that will have to be delayed because of an overspend at the National Children’s Hospital will be presented to cabinet today.
Government ministers are also expected to be told how a €50 million gap in the health budget will be found this year.
Fianna Fail are putting forward proposals which would give the government’s chief accountant more powers to investigate cost over-runs on state infrastructure projects.
Deputy Leader of the party, Dara Calleary, says the laws could have stopped the Children’s Hospital going over budget by so much: