Written Answers. - Health Boards' Budgets.

Batt O'Keeffe

Question:

82 Mr. B. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the number of health boards that exceeded their budget in 1995; the health boards concerned; and the amount of the overrun in each case. [8566/96]

, Limerick East): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statement. These figures are inclusive of demand-led schemes and are, as yet, unaudited.

Health Board

Year-End Position 1995

£m.

Eastern

0.945

Midland

0.099

Mid-Western

0.059

North-Eastern

0.000

North-Western

0.026

South-Eastern

0.200

Southern

0.120

Western

0.045

Total

1.494

This represents a very good performance on the part of the health boards and the financial controls that have been put into place by the Department of Health e.g. enhanced working capital arrangements, monthly expenditure-cash profiles and monthly reporting by the chief executive officer's on steps taken to eliminate any problems that arise.
These financial controls will be further enhanced by the introduction of accountability legislation which will be introduced shortly.