From left: Minister of State in the Department of Health, Mary Butler; HSE CEO Paul Reid this morning launching the Health Service Executive’s Winter Plan

This morning.

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Setanta Place, Dublin.

The new Health Service Executive’s Winter Plan has been published.


Under the 30-page plan, approved by the Department of Health, most of the extra €600m in funding is to be provided next year – €200m will be spent this year and €400m next year.

The Winter Plan covers the period from now up to April 2021.

The plan promises 20,000 more planned procedures. It says that trolley counts will be cut by 30%.

Also 20 Community Assessment Hubs are to be in place to help keep patients out of hospital.

It is unclear exactly how many extra medical, nursing and other health staff will be recruited to service these extra beds and what facilities are to be put in place.

Just under five million extra home support hours are to be provided


HSE delivers details of Winter Plan for health service (RTÉ)


6 thoughts on “Winter’s Tale

    1. Andrew

      I’m shocked some like Mr. Reid has the job. His CV is a bit light with regard to running an organisation with a multi-billion budget.

      1. paul

        Fingal were happy to see him go and he said the right things to the right people not knowing what sort of job the HSE CEO is.

  1. GiggidyGoo

    Mary Butler being hauled out in place of Stephen Donnelly – Dail questions and now this. Can’t go anywhere without a written answer.


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