Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (744)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

744. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form the total amount paid out in salaries to VHI staff in 2011 and separately in 2012; the total amount paid out in bonuses to VHI staff in 2011 and separately in 2012; the total number of employees who received more than €80,000 from the VHI in 2011, including bonus payments; the total number of employees who received more than €100,000 from the VHI in 2011, including bonus payments; the total number of employees who received more than €150,000 from the VHI in 2011, including bonus payments; the total number of employees who received more than €175,000 from the VHI in 2011, including bonus payments; the total number of employees who received more than €200,000 from the VHI in 2011, including bonus payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8865/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The VHI has informed me that the figures requested by the Deputy in respect of 2012 are not available as VHI accounts for that year have not yet been finalised. They expect to do so by the end of March. In respect of 2011, the total salaries paid to VHI Healthcare staff was €47 million. While the salary of the CEO is published as part of the Annual Report & Accounts, salaries of other executives are not published.

As the VHI is a commercial body operating in a competitive market, it does not publish information of a commercially sensitive nature.