Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Public Accounts Committee
Health Service Executive Financial Statements 2018
2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 38 - Department of Health
Chapter 16 - Control of Private Patient Activity in Acute Public Hospitals
Let me just stop Mr. Reid there. If it is not cost containment, is it the position that, if a hospital manager believes that they have to spend more than they have been given to meet demand, they are not obliged to come in on budget? I can give examples in Waterford, where hospital managers have showed me a draft of a document that talks about cost containment. Is cost containment not a priority for hospital managers? Do these plans have to be put in place?