PAC to examine HSE financial statements

The Public Accounts Committee will focus on Health Service Executive financial statements tomorrow, Thursday, 9 March 2017 when it meets with Officials from the Department of Health and the HSE.

The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is:

(i) Business of the Committee;
(ii) HSE Patients’ Private Property Accounts 2015
HSE Financial Statements 2015 – Note 13 Fair Deal Scheme
Health Repayments Scheme Donations Fund 2015
[Officials from the Dept of Health and the Health Service Executive]

Committee Chairman Seán Fleming said: “Monies received for safe-keeping by the HSE from or on behalf of patients are kept in special accounts separate and apart from the HSE’s own accounts. Such accounts are collectively called Patients’ Private Property accounts. The HSE is responsible for the administration of these accounts and acts as trustee of the funds.

“The report of the C&AG on these accounts and on the 2014 accounts drew attention to weaknesses in the HSE’s control over the management of patients’ private property accounts. The implication of these control weaknesses is that they put the private property of patients who are in a vulnerable position at significant risk and the Committee will want to know what measures have been taken to minimise this risk and how the HSE can be satisfied that patient’s property has not been misappropriated. We will be keen to ascertain what work has been done to quantify any loss of property which may have occurred and, if misappropriations have been identified or suspected, what actions have been taken.

“The Department undertook an overall review of the Nursing Home Support Scheme/Fair Deal scheme which was published in July 2015.The Review identified scheme administrative improvements along with reviewing the future financing of the scheme and the pricing mechanisms around long term residential care. In December 2015, the Department established an Inter Departmental Working Group to oversee the implementation of the recommendations in the Review. Among the issues we will focus on are:  Has the working group completed the review of the pricing mechanism for the costs associated with the provision of services under the scheme? What were the results and what implication does this have for the costs of the Scheme? What progress has been made on implementing the recommendations?

“The Committee will also examine the Health Repayments Scheme Donations Fund 2015 which was set up by the HSE for the purposes of providing improvements in public health services for dependent older persons and persons with disabilities.”

This meeting will take place in Committee room 3 at 9am on Thursday, 9 March 2017. Committee proceedings can be viewed live here.

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Committee Membership:

Bobby Aylward        Fianna Fáil
Peter Burke        Fine Gael
Shane Cassells        Fianna Fáil
Catherine Connolly    Independent
David Cullinane        Sinn Féin
Alan Farrell        Fine Gael
Séan Fleming        Fianna Fáil
Alan Kelly        Labour
Marc MacSharry        Fianna Fáil
Josepha Madigan    Fine Gael
Mary Lou McDonald    Sinn Féin
Noel Rock        Fine Gael
Catherine Murphy    Social Democrats-Green Party Group