The health allocation of an extra €4bn is a headline grabber.

It is a lot of money however just under half of it will go on Covid-19, for personal protective equipment and the testing and tracing system.

So the amount available for extra staff and services is less than it looks.

The funding for the HSE in testing and tracing is for 100,000 tests a week. It's close to that now. What if the number exceeds that, how will it affect the health Budget plans?

Also, while the increase in permanent intensive care beds to 321 will be welcomed, it will not happen in full until the end of next year. The hospital pressures are growing and the winter period is looming.

Today the health system has 273 ICU beds open and staffed.

Previous studies have suggested variously that Ireland needs up to around 580 ICU beds.

Under the recent HSE Winter Plan, just 17 more ICU beds have been promised by next April.

There are also physical and staffing constraints to putting new ICU beds in place.

There is a promise in today’s Budget to put an extra 1,146 acute hospital beds in place. The exact detail of this is unclear but again the timeline is by the end of next year.

Currently the hospital system has around 11,000 acute beds. Assuming that this figure of 1,146 acute beds does not include the 483 extra already promised under the Winter Plan, it will have an impact.

Some of the announcements today are repeat announcements, like the five million extra home help hours and the 600 rehabilitation beds. These were announced in the Winter Plan.

Questions will also arise about the recruitment of the staff to manage these extra beds.

The €50m for new drugs will have an impact. The industry says this will mean thousands of patients will have access to around 50 new drugs.

Announcements of new health funding are always welcome. But it will be well into next year before it will be possible to determine if the new health funding commitments have been delivered.