Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on new Minister for Health Simon Harris to reverse a decline in Department of Health funding for South Tipperary General Hospital. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he obtained information from the HSE via a Parliamentary Question to outgoing Minister Leo Varadkar on the amount of funding allocated to STGH since 2013:
“The funding allocation figures released to me quite clearly indicate a year on year cut to funding for STGH.
While it must be acknowledged that for the years 2014 to 2015 the Department’s financial assistance increased by €517, 734; we must also remember that for between 2015 and 2016 there was a decrease from the Department of almost one million euro, coming in at €971,025.
That clearly cancels out the previous year’s increase and puts at risk any capacity to maintain services that were initiated due to extra funding.
We must remember that that these cuts in funding occurred despite the fact the trolley situation at STGH during the same period has increased significantly and that it is consistently one of the key locations where trolley capacity is at a maximum.
This kind of funding trend cannot continue. It puts patients and staff under increasing pressure and leads to a chronic inability to roll out and support new measures to combat the ongoing crisis in our emergency departments,” concluded Deputy McGrath.