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The Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Cut February 26th 2013

The Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Cut February 26th 2013

Press Release Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Cut 26th Feb 2013

Irish Times Wednesday February 27 2013

Letter to The Irish Times Thursday February 28 2013

Irish Independent 27 February 2013 

The Wednesday 27th February 2013

TV3 Ireland Broadcast 3rd Sept 2012 

Media Coverage list Sept 2012 Protest

Thursday 30th August 2012


Black Thursday – the HSE press release

Maintaining Services and Managing the Finances of the Health Service

30th August 2012

As part of the overall and unprecedented financial challenge facing the country, the HSE has been set clearly defined budget targets by both the Troika and Government.

In 2010 and 2011 the health services saw unprecedented budget reductions of approximately €1.75 billion. This was followed in 2012 with additional reductions of €750m. These reductions occur at a time when demand for health services continues to grow.

It is well known that the HSE is running a significant budget deficit currently. This deficit exists due to a number of factors, including the increased demand for services. For example, due to increased demand, the HSE has issued 33,000 medical cards over and above Service Plan projections.

The deficit as of 31st August 2012 is €259m. The HSE has a statutory obligation to remain within its allocated budget of €13.2bn for 2012.

Detailed cost containment plans have been in place across the health service since the beginning of the year. However, there has been an increasing demand for services which has contributed in a significant way to the continuing deficit. Should robust cost reduction action not be taken at this juncture, the HSE faces a potential year-end deficit of €500m.

In order to deal with the existing deficit and to remain within budget, the HSE is now obliged to introduce a range of additional cost reduction measures to be implemented throughout the remainder of 2012 and into 2013.

The range of additional measures amounts to €130 million. In compiling these measures, every effort has been taken to target areas that do not impact on direct client/patient services, with a view to protecting, in as much as is possible, the most essential frontline services. However, it is inevitable that some impact on service delivery will be experienced through the implementation of these measures.

The €130m of cost reduction measures is in addition to other non-operational measures to be undertaken, that have been submitted to the Troika. These non-operational measures include cash acceleration of receipts from health insurers and the transfer of surplus money within the health group of votes such as the NTPF.

Amongst the cost reduction measures included within the €130m are:

  • €37m through cash and stock management initiatives;
  • €26.5m through savings in medical equipment (non-capital), furniture, education, training, office expenses, travel and subsistence and advertising;
  • €35m through reductions in the usage of agency and overtime in line with the targets set in the HSE Service Plan of reductions of 50% in agency and 10% in overtime;
  • €6m savings on reimbursements for certain products including Glucosamine, Orlistat and Omega-3-Triglycerides;
  • €10.8m through the reduction of Home Help hours. This involves a reduction of 5.5% from the 11 million hours (€195m budget) provided annually. The impact of these reductions will be minimised by ensuring that services are provided for direct patient care;
  • €1.7m through the reduction of 200 Home Care Packages per month. This accounts for a reduction of 3.7% from the 5,300 packages (€140m budget) delivered annually. The impact of these reductions will be minimised by achieving greater efficiency in the packages currently provided;
  • €10.0m through the reduction of Personal Assistant hours from the current €1.4 billion budget for the provision of disability services;
  • €2m through savings in the procurement of medical equipment. This relates to non-capital equipment only.

Each of the Regional Directors of Operations is working with their staff to develop implementation plans in order to give effect to these measures. While many of the measures are already underway currently, further plans will be developed and discussed with staff and unions over the coming week.

While implementing these plans the health services will at all times attempt to minimise the impact on frontline services and ensure that patient/client quality and safety is maintained to the highest standard possible.

- ENDS -


Tuesday 4th September  2012

Rhona Coughlan CIL on Morning Ireland TV3


Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 21:21

The Government has tonight announced a climbdown on cuts to services for older and disabled people.

In a statement issued shortly before 9pm, the Department of Health said Minister for Health Dr James Reilly had instructed the HSE “to continue to provide services to people in receipt of personal assistant services in accordance with their needs”.

The statement, which came after the first Cabinet meeting since the summer Dáil recess, said savings still had to be achieved out of the €1.4 billion disability budget.

The Minister told the HSE to distribute these across the sector with a focus on cutting administration, training and travel costs, the department added.

Wednesday 5th September  2012


The Irish Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

'Sceptical' protesters maintain vigil despite last-minute reversal of cuts

CAMPAIGNERS remained outside Government Buildings last night, despite the reversal of cuts to disability services they rely on.

Dozens of severely disabled campaigners had gathered there yesterday to protest at the planned cuts and to demand the Government immediately ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

They said that a €10 million cut to services for the disabled would force them out of independent work and living and into nursing homes, increase their risk of illness and “wreck their lives”.

Three of the protesters met Minister for Health James Reilly inside Government Buildings at 7.30pm yesterday.

They said that while they received guarantees their personal assistant services would not be cut in this round, they asked for more.

Director general of the Health Service Executive Tony O’Brien also attended the meeting, the campaigners said.

“If somebody dies, we asked that those monies don’t go back into the general pot but are used to pay for services for somebody else on the waiting list,” said Leigh Gath, who was affected by the Thalidomide drug, and travelled from Limerick for the protest.

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The Irish Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mixed reaction to Minister's cuts U-turn


The Irish Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Government does U-turn on cutbacks for the disabled - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 19:43

Government reverses health cuts - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 17:07

Protesters get written confirmation of reversal


Thursday 6th September  2012


The Irish Times - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Planned cuts far deeper than measures revealed last week


The Irish Times - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fighting back to win the day - if only for a few months


LEINSTER HOUSE has seen bigger protests, but rarely a more civilised one. No ear-splitting streams of rhetoric, no symbolic storming of the gates. It was all the more effective for that.

As more wheelchairs arrived and overwhelmed the pavement, the few visible gardaí didn’t argue; they just created more pedestrian space on the road, reducing Kildare Street traffic to a single lane. The only noise was the rhythmic blasts from passing cars, as drivers sounded their horns in a continuous chorus of solidarity.

That must have been scary enough for those lurking inside the corridors of power assessing the political damage.

In the end, there were about 70 obviously disabled protesters, obvious only because they were in wheelchairs. Closer scrutiny of

the crowd standing around them revealed crutches, white sticks, and a guide dog.

“God alone knows the effort it took to get themselves here,” murmured the mother of a young man in a wheelchair. He had

got “lost” for a while between Merrion Street and Kildare Street, she said, her eyes already glazing over from anxiety and exhaustion.

“To organise this number of wheelchair users is massive,”


The Irish Times - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Labour Ministers at odds over health cuts - Last Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 22:18

Reilly denies making U-turn on cuts to disability services


The Irish Times - Friday, September 7, 2012

Minister denies U-turn over cutbacks