The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he is not looking for “loads of extra money” for the health service for next year.

Minister for Health wants to hold health spending at 2014 level

In its recent briefing material for Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, the Department of Health said it was in consultation with the HSE reagarding the need for a further evaluation of the market place to establish its capacity to recruit and retain candidates of the calibre required in the context of a 5-year contract term.

HSE was unable to fill positions after recent competition

New plan ‘would instantly and severely undermine the gallery’s ability to raise funds and confidence, willingness of donors/patrons to give funds’. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gallery says changes to State funding process would compromise its ‘perceived independence’

C&AG’s reports reveals errors and fraud in rent supplement of some €20m in 2013

Agencies claim managers had contractual entitlement to additional payments

Speaking ahead of a protest by doctors in Dublin today, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said there are more GPs currently under contract to work for the HSE then ever before and that the total level of fees paid to family doctors is increasing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Family doctors to stage protest amid claims general practice at breaking point

Company reduced costs by €60m per year

Unite picket at Kishoge Community College in Lucan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unite says row over alleged under-payments to workers could escalate

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil, in an answer to a written parliamentary question last week, that the Health Service Executive  had recorded a net deficit of €361 million to the end of August.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Spending on agency staff up by 50 per cent

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