Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Questions (484, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 491)

Dara Calleary

Question:

573 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the amount spent on negligence claims and the associated legal costs each year for the past five years by the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29071/12]

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Dara Calleary

Question:

574 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health if he expects that there will be a reduction in the amount spent on negligence claims and associated legal costs by the Health Service Executive in 2012 compared to the €81 million spent in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29072/12]

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Dara Calleary

Question:

575 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the names of the law firms who were paid legal costs by the Health Service Executive via the State Claims Agency in each year for the past five years and the amount that each law firm was paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29073/12]

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Dara Calleary

Question:

576 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health if the new tender process for the procurement of legal services is fully operational within the Health Service Executive; when this process became operational; the details of any contracts entered into with law firms since the new tender process began; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29074/12]

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Dara Calleary

Question:

577 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the number and proportion of claims which were managed by the in house legal team in the Health Service Executive as opposed to external legal services for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29075/12]

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Dara Calleary

Question:

578 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the exact initiatives the Health Service Executive has taken over the past year to control and reduce legal costs in the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29076/12]

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Dara Calleary

Question:

579 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the amount spent by the Health Service Executive on court settlements in 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29077/12]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

605 Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the total spend on medico-legal payouts in the Health Service Executive and the National Treatment Purchase Fund in each of the years 2008 to 2011; the total spend so far in 2012; the projected spend in 2012; the proportion of these payouts spent on lawyers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29204/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 573 to 579, inclusive, and 605 together.

As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputies.