Almost €3m cut from Sligo Leitrim health services

Sligo/Leitrim Community Health services will be cut by nearly €3m this year according to the decreased HSE West Regional Service Plan for 2013.

Sligo/Leitrim Community Health services will be cut by nearly €3m this year according to the decreased HSE West Regional Service Plan for 2013.

All HSE services will be delivered within the €1.2billion (€40.9m less than 2012 budget) funding provided and within the overall employment control limit of 15,750.

The HSE West budget for 2013 of €1.2 billion reflects a net decrease of €24.46m and staffing levels for 2013 will be reduced by 653 full time workers in the West.

Hospitals have received an increased budget, with Sligo Hospital increased by €4.8m to €98.5m for the year. However cost containment measures are required in all services.

The HSE West Service Plan 2013 includes 3.1m hours of home help service to 13,460 clients, 2,238 home care packages, support over 5,000 people with NHSS (Fair Deal) residential care places.

HSE West Hospitals (Donegal, Sligo and Mayo) will provide 244,909 outpatient appointments; respond to 118,210 emergency presentations; 55,808 inpatient admissions and 59,919 daycase procedures.

It will also roll out the colorectal national cancer screening programme in three areas and provide for a minimum of 589,889 hours of personal assistant and home support services.

The Primary, Community and Continuing Care for Sligo Leitrim has been decreased from €122,271 to €119,445 this funding includes homehelp, public health nurses, and specialist hospital services.

Acute serives and Mental Health Services in Sligo Leitrim received a small increase for the year but Social Inlusion Services, Primary Care, Palliative Care Services, Older People Services, Disability Services and others all took a hit for 2013.