Press Release

Statement in regard to meeting with Western Health Board

At a meeting today (22 August 2002) between the Department of Health and Children and the Western Health Board there was a detailed clarification of the funding and staffing position in the Board.

The Department explained how it calculated its indicative figure of the non-filling of 85 posts to make savings of €1.15m. The CEO explained the problems she has in making the required savings based on the number of posts identified within the proposed time-frame, given the particular situation in the WHB.

The overall budgetary situation in the Board was also discussed. It was agreed that a process would be put in place between the Department and the Board to monitor the progress being made by the Board to bring overall expenditure within approved spending limits. This is to achieve the required savings, in line with the accountability legislation, and in a manner which would have minimum impact on patient services.