Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (473)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

473. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health the reward or bonus schemes in place for staff in his Department and in the Health Service Executive that highlight wasteful practices and cost savings that could be made; if he will outline the success of these schemes in the past five years; his plans to review the schemes in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24243/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

A Staff Suggestion Scheme operating under the Department's Partnership banner was established in my Department in May 2013.

This structured Scheme is designed to proactively promote an ideas and innovation culture within the Department and facilitate staff, at all levels, with the opportunity to contribute as fully as possible to the Department's work. Ideas from all staff members on an individual or group basis in respect of any area of the Department or the health system that can lead to greater efficiencies or the achievement of improved performance are welcome through the Scheme.

The current Scheme will be reviewed by the Partnership Committee by the end of 2014 and this review, if appropriate, will include recommendations for changes to the operation of the Scheme.

The HSE has no reward or bonus schemes in place and has had no performance reward scheme since 2007.