Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (263)

Dan Neville

Ceist:

339 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Health and Children when moneys will be paid under the refund scheme operated through the GMS payments board for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick who is eligible for a refund under the drugs payments scheme. [3670/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

My Department put in place a refund scheme to process applications from people who may be eligible for a refund due to the delay in putting the drugs payment scheme on a statutory basis. The scheme was advertised in the national press on 26 June 2003 and again on 12 and 14 September for the extension of the closing date for applications to 31 October. The GMS payments board is operating the scheme on behalf of the Department. I have had inquiries made in the matter and I understand the board was unable to process the claim due to a discrepancy in the details of the claim. The board is in the process of resolving the issue.