Written Answers. - Utilisation of Patients' Moneys.

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asked the Minister for Health the amount of money held by each of the health boards on behalf of patients who have died intestate and who have no living relatives; the way in which the moneys should be utilised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

In any case where patients die intestate and with no ascertainable next-of-kin the Minister for Finance, under the terms of the Succession Act, 1965, is the ultimate intestate successor.

I have asked the health boards to extract, in so far as is possible, the information requested by the Deputy and I will communicate further with him at an early date.