Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen has expressed serious concern following the revelation that the budget allocation for Tullamore Hospital in 2016 will be inadequate to meet the demands placed on the hospital.

Deputy Cowen was commenting following the publication of the Dublin Midland’s Hospital Group Operation Plan for 2016.

“€84.5 million has been provided for the hospital in 2016. While this is a small increase on the original budget for 2015, it is €2.7 million less than what was needed last year. Clearly services in the hospital are going to be under huge pressure this year,” said Deputy Cowen.

“This decrease comes despite the fact that, as the plans itself points out, the demand for acute hospital services continues to increase in line with a growing and ageing population.

“It’s important to also keep in mind that the numbers waiting for scheduled operations increased by 11 per cent during 2015. Other figures this week show that the numbers on trolleys in Tullamore Hospital in February 2016 were 18.5 per cent higher than in February 2015,” said Deputy Cowen.