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
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