Irish Health Authority Funding Gaps May Impact Facilities Involving Research

Martin Wall of Irish Times reports The development of new facilities for cancer patients in Galway, for those with kidney conditions in Tallaght Hospital and a new psychiatric unit in Sligo are set to be delayed as a result of funding pressures in the health service.

In addition, about half of the HSE’s planned programe for replacement of equipment and ambulances will not go ahead this year.

This could affect investment in diagnostic equipment such as new MRI, X-ray or ultrasound machines. Minister for Health Simon Harris has told Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe that the capital plan for the health service is facing “a funding gap” of €109 million this year.