Budget slashed 'by €11 million'
WEXFORD General Hospital's budget has been cut by €11 million in recent years, according to General Manager Lily Byrnes.
Speaking at the launch of the Wexford General Hospital Community Alliance on Monday, Ms Byrnes said the budget cut last year alone was €3.6 million, leading to serious challenges for the hospital.
' We are required to break even, but our priority is service delivery,' said Ms Byrnes, who revealed that the hospital is ahead of its key performance targets set at the start of 2010, which were to carry out the same level of care as in 2009 and to increase day cases by six per cent.
The hospital manager said that overall activity at the hospital so far this year is up by nine per cent, while day cases are up by eleven per cent.
However, Ms Byrnes acknowledged that ' the trolley issue detracts from the quality of care'. There were 18 patients on trolleys at the hospital on Monday morning.