Statement by Minister Martin on the failure of the North Eastern Health Board to adopt a service plan for 2003
Micheál Martin, TD, Minister for Health and Children, notes the failure by the North Eastern Health Board (NEHB) to adopt a service plan that was submitted and recommended by the board´s CEO last night. Service Planning is governed by the 1996 Health (Amendment) (No 3 Act) which introduced a requirement on health boards to adopt an annual service plan outlining the planned activity which they will deliver for the funding they have received. Under the Act, health boards are obliged to submit a service plan to the Minister for Health and Children within 42 days of receipt by the board of their letter of determination. The other six Health Boards and the Eastern Region Health Authority have all adopted service plans for 2003.
The Minister stated that “Following on from the NEHB´s decision, I have today issued a direction to the CEO to prepare and submit a service plan to me in accordance with the Health (Amendment) (No 3) Act, 1996”. The Act provides that such a service plan submitted by the CEO shall be deemed to have been adopted and submitted by the relevant health board.
It should be noted that in the overall context of the funding available for 2003, the increase in funding for the North Eastern Health Board is in line with the general increase made to all Boards.