Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Questions (163)

Clare Daly

Question:

163. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his officials have achieved a budget underspend on the Hepatitis C compensation tribunal for this past year in the region of €30 million; the nature of this budget surplus; and if the source of the saving is associated with recovered costs from previous years, recently discovered administration improvements or a restriction of awards being paid to the victims. [28592/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The allocations in respect of the Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal under Vote 38 Department of Health in 2013 were €24.786m under Subhead F3 (Payments to a Special Account established under Section 10 of the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal Acts 1997 and 2002) and €3.849m under Subhead F4 (Payments to a Reparation Fund established under Section 11 of the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal Acts 1997 and 2002). Spending under these subheads was €21.2m and €3m respectively, giving a total of €24.2m, which represents a saving of €4.435 on the combined allocation of €28.635.

The Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Scheme is a demand led scheme and it is difficult to accurately forecast payments within calendar years. The number of cases giving rise to payments has declined in recent years.

Question No. 164 answered with Question No. 157.