Harney: Health budget cuts will be substantial

The Health Minister says the Government hasn't agreed how much to cut from her budget, but that the figure will be substantial.

Mary Harney and her Cabinet colleagues spent yesterday discussing how to cut €3bn from Government spending.

She admits that it will have serious consequences for the health system.

Minister Harney says though that every effort will be made to reduce the impact on service delivery.

"We've got to look at every possible way of minimizing the impact on services, including work practices for example, and that's an exercise that will be underway now over the next few weeks," Minister Harney said.

"As the new CEO of the HSE takes up office at the start of September, a strong focus for the HSE for 2010 and onwards will have to be on changing work practices."

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