Health services in Carlow get a boost with the highest ever health budget – DEERING

12th October, 2016

Fine Gael Carlow TD, Pat Deering, has said that health services in Carlow are to get a boost with the highest ever health budget a total of €14.6 billion.

“This represents an increase of €977 million on the 2016 budget for current expenditure and €40 million for capital expenditure.

“Budget 2017 will deliver in a number of health areas, including:

· Additional funding of €15 million for the National Treatment Purchase Fund, rising to €50 million in 2018, to address waiting lists 

· 10,000 medical cards for children with disabilities  

· Reduced prescription charges for people over 70  

· Supports and services for school-leavers with disabilities  

· €5 million to kick-start the Healthy Ireland Fund 

“Budget 2017 will deliver the highest health budget ever, demonstrating Fine Gael’s commitment to investing the gains from a recovering economy in a better health service here in Carlow and across the country.

“Minister for Health Simon Harris is committed to using these extra resources to plan for the challenge of increased demand from a growing and ageing population, and begin some significant new developments which will over time deliver real improvements for Carlow patients on waiting lists, children with disabilities and older people.

Deputy Deering concluded “Budget 2017 is another stepping stone in Fine Gael’s plan to use a strong economy to help make people’s lives better. Thanks to the careful economic management of recent years we now have the resources to target investments in key public services that will make a real difference to people’s lives. Investment in health is the perfect example of this.”