The Dáil will debate a Fianna Fáil motion on the HSE Service Plan for 2015 this evening.

Fianna Fáil believes the funding laid out for the health services next year are inadequate and will not meet demand.

Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher says the National Service Plan presented by the HSE will do nothing to eliminate lengthy waiting lists or reduce the pressure on frontline staff.

Deputy Kelleher commented, “By the HSE’s own admission this plan will not be sufficient to fully address the increasing demands being placed on our hospital system, in particular the growing waiting lists for elective admissions. There are some positive and welcome developments in next year’s Service Plan but there is no doubt that on the whole the measures are inadequate and will fail to meet the demands likely to be placed on our health services next year.

“We have seen waiting lists soar this year as a direct result of the flawed plan that was approved for 2014. In the first 9 months alone there has been a 20% increase in waiting times for inpatient cases, and the number of people waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment rose from 9,406 in January to 46,642 at the end of September – a jump of 385%.

“Clearly it is going to be another difficult and challenging year for our health services, and this budget leaves no room for manoeuvre. No attempt has been made to ease the pressure on frontline staff and issues surrounding patient safety remain a real concern for the year ahead.”