Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Committee on Budgetary Oversight

Budget Management and Control of Health Expenditure in the context of Budget 2020: Discussion

Mr. Colm Desmond:

The figures are as given in the opening statement. At this point in time, certain pressures are emerging in respect of spending in the HSE, which are a matter of concern for the Government. As outlined recently at the Committee of Public Accounts, the HSE has committed to addressing those pressures and it is working actively to do so within the framework of the budgetary oversight process I mentioned to the Deputy. We are anticipating significant savings, which are profiled for later in the year, but on current trends, taking account of the pressure in certain areas, the HSE will have a deficit at the end of 2019, so it is a matter of concern for the Government.