Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (313)

Barry Cowen


313. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he receives monthly or quarterly financial reports from the Health Service Executive; if so, if the reports are based on accrual method of accounting; when the last financial report was received from the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34173/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Each month, the drawdown of funds from the Exchequer is reported on against published expenditure profiles in the Fiscal Monitor, published by the Department of Finance. All exchequer expenditure is reported on a cash basis.

In addition, the HSE monthly Management Data Reports which include the information outlined above are shared with officials in my Department, albeit with some time lag. These reports are published on the HSE website and are compiled on an accruals basis. To date in 2019, officials from my Department have received reports pertaining to January - April. The April report was shared with officials in my Department on 28th June.

In addition, monthly meetings of the Health Budget Oversight Group, which brings together senior officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Health and the HSE, provide a further opportunity to examine the monthly figures in the context of general discussions regarding budgetary management and control.