HSE Responds to Claims Regarding St. Michael’s House Funding

June 18, 2008

The HSE is in discussions with St. Michael’s House regarding its allocation for 2008 and finds it regretful that the organisation should choose to make public claims regarding its current situation in order to influence those proceedings.

Significant Investment in St Michaels House

The HSE today pointed out that St. Michael’s House receives considerable funding from the taxpayer. The HSE annual revenue funding to St. Michael’s House for the years 2005 – 2008 has involved year on year increases and is outlined below:

2005    €62m

2006    €72m (including St. Mary’s Baldoyle, which St. Michael’s House took over)

2007    €79m

2008    €83m

The following is a summary of the new service developments approved for St. Michael's House in Dublin in the years 2005 - 2007:

                                                            2005                            2006                2007

Residential Places                             +26                              +17                  +23                             

Respite Places                                   +5                                +7                    +13.5

Day Places                                        +31                              +29                  +33.5

Better value for money and patients

Voluntary organisations which provide services for people with disabilities, like St. Michael’s House, are in receipt of over €1billion each year and this has significantly increased in recent years.

The HSE has emphasised that there is a need to review all of this expenditure within the voluntary disability sector to ensure the maximum amount of services are being provided and that this significant investment is value for money. This approach is also supported by the findings of a significant Comptroller & Auditor General’s Report (December, 2005) into the funding of this sector.

The HSE has asked all the voluntary organisations to achieve efficiencies within their budgets. The aim is to find non-frontline savings within each organisation and direct these savings to front line services.

Mr.Tadhg O’Brien, Assistant National Director, HSE, explained –

“St. Michael’s House are being asked to work with us in order to achieve these savings.

The particular focus will be on areas such as Travel expenses Advertising costs and staff absenteeism. 

“We will also be asking non statutory agencies to work together to combine their purchase of goods and services and to look at areas where these agencies can work closer to pool their non-front line services.

 “Ultimately, it is in the interest of all our patients that we manage to exploit to the maximum the amount we can achieve with our fixed budget. It is not too much too expect, within spending of €1 billion, that some efficiencies can be found within the individual organisations.”

Multi Annual Investment Programme

Under a Multi Annual Investment Programme (MAIP), the HSE will put in place the following additional disability services on an annual basis, each year, between 2006 to 2009:

  • 255 residential places for people with Intellectual Disability.
  • 85 respite places for people with Intellectual Disability.
  • 535 day places for people with Intellectual Disability.
  • 80 residential places for people with Physical and Sensory Disability.
  • 250,000 hours Personal Assistant/Home Support per annum.
  • €45m capital to support these developments

Disability Development Funding 2008

The budget 2008 allocated €50m for the provision of additional services for people with disabilities.  Having reviewed all the needs, the HSE agreed with the Department of Health and Children the following allocations:

  • 200 residential places for people with Intellectual Disability
  • 53 respite places for people with Intellectual Disability
  • 450 day places for people with Intellectual Disability
  • 80 residential for people with Physical and Sensory Disability
  • 250,000 hours PA/home support
  • 140 multidisciplinary posts for providing assessment and ongoing interventions, in the main for children agedunder-5


Last updated on: 19 / 06 / 2008