Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (81)

Brian O'Shea


196 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Health and Children when he intends to publish the report commissioned from Deloitte & Touche on the GMS, which he received on 6 February 2003; if the report has been brought to Government; if it is intended to implement the recommendations of the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1899/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

As I have stated previously in response to a similar question, a draft copy of the Deloitte & Touche consultancy review of governance and accountability mechanisms in the GMS schemes was received by my Department in February 2003. While the review was being considered by officials in my Department, both the Brennan and Prospectus reports were published. Since the contents and recommendations of both of these reports are relevant to the subject matter of the GMS review, my Department requested Deloitte and Touche to update the draft in this light, and also having regard to the latest financial data from the General Medical Services (Payments) Board. The final draft of this review has now been received by my Department. It is my intention to bring this review to Government as soon as possible, at which time its publication and implementation will be discussed.