Connolly and Drogheda Hospitals

Connolly Hospital must comply with its statutory obligations and
remain within its allocated budget for this year. Every effort is
being made to do this in a way that has the least impact on patients
and clients.

Connolly Hospital is over budget. So far this year it has delivered
more services than set out in the HSE Service Plan and is ahead of its
activity targets.

Hospital Management have had to curtail some activity between now and
year end to bring activity back in line with the Service Plan and to
ensure the hospital remains within its allocated budget by year end.

A Cost Containment Plan has been put in place. The plan included
the closure of acute beds and seasonal closures of the
OPD/Surgical Day Ward. There have been additional reductions in
agency and overtime to match the target of €500k per month from
August, 2011.

Senior Management HSE Dublin North East met with the Medical Board of
Connolly Hospital on Wednesday Nov 9th. It was highlighted at the
meeting that Connolly Hospital would have a projected overspend of 5.8
million at year end. While management await the details of the 2012
budget ,this projected overspend coupled with whatever reduction may
come via next years budget means that the challenges will be
significant in 2012.

The initial budget allocated for Connolly Hospital in 2011 was €84.4
m. This has been increased and the current budget is now €84.8m.
There are no plans to reduce the budget in the remainder of 2011.
There are no changes planned for the emergency department in Connolly
Hospital.

Media Query about the former health centre in Ballymun

HSE Response: The HSE moved to a new facility in the Ballymun Civic
Centre in 2005. The old health centre from which services were
previously provided was fully vacated in March 2006. The HSE is
currently not paying any rent or service charges for this former
health centre.

Media Query about NCHDS in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

HSE Response: There will always be junior NCHDs who because of their
experience need to have closer supervision by their more senior NCHD
colleagues, this is part of the development of any doctor.

The establishment of the ‘Supervised Register’ with the Irish Medical
Council earlier this year reflects the need for a level of supervision
by senior consultants.

The level of supervision required is identified by the consultant with
responsibility for the rota. This consultant then works with the NCHD
who organises the rota to ensure an adequate and safe level of
service.