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Senior official warned budget cuts could put patients at risk (Irish Indepedent)
The top official in the Department of Health privately warned against excessive cutting in its budget for fear of placing patient safety at risk. Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General at the Department of Health, stated clearly in an official letter that €108m in payroll savings identified on Budget day last October were not achievable.
State facing €1 billion bill for medical negligence claims (Irish Times)
Official Department of Health briefing material maintains that the number of clinical claims under active management by the State Claims Agency increased from 1,792 at the end of 2012 to 3,061 at the end of 2013.