Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said that the health budget for 2015 is achievable because for the first time in the past seven years any savings made in the health service will go back into the health service.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Varadkar said he hoped this would result in a different dynamic where people would think about what savings they could make instead of over-running and thinking they would receive extra money anyway.
The health minister was speaking following the announcement that the Department of Health is seeking supplementary funding this year of around €680m for health and related issues.
Out of this figure €510m is for the expected HSE year-end Budget overrun.
He said there was a positive in this supplementary estimate because the department had decided to bring forward some spending.
"Some things we intended to do in 2015 are now being done in fact this week. The first is an early access programme to give people with Hep-C curative treatment which is newly available and then secondly there is the initiative on delayed discharges" he said.
The minister acknowledged that the trolley situation is much worse than it was this time last year and said that as a result of this a thousand "nursing home places under the fair deal and that will take roughly half the people waiting for a nursing home off that list."
Mr Varadkar has said the supplementary spending estimate for his department of €680m is for this year and will have no impact on next year's health budget.
Mr Varadkar said the service plan that was published two weeks ago stands and the figures remain unchanged.
He said that the 2014 supplement was made up of €510m for HSE extra spending- that's spending on additional frontline staff, medicines and aid appliances.
Mr Varadkar that there was also €55m in state clams for things like medical negligence.
He said the remainder would be spent on an early access programme to give people with Hep C curative treatment and an initiative on delayed hospital discharges.