THE proposed €855,000 cut in the budget at Nenagh General Hosptal has been reversed, according to Cllr Lalor McGee.
The proposed cut was to have been made under the HSE’s Cost Containment Plan, but, according to the Nenagh town councillor, by transferring the infusion service to Nenagh from the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, this had saved €750,000 from the overall budget.
“I am led to believe that the HSE has accepted this and has decided not to go ahead with the cuts at Nenagh hospital,” he said.
“The transfer is in effect saving Limerick the same amount as was being sought in cuts from Nenagh, so one balances out the other.” he said.
Under the cost-cutting plans, the HSE proposes to save €2m in overtime, €1m in medical and surgical supplies and €1m on drugs and medicine, as well as a possible €250,000 through the review of consultant locum costs.
The HSE proposals also envisage a €1m cut that would end the Community Intervention Team service in North Tipperary and Clare, and reduce that service in Limerick.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star