Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (273)

Dan Neville


348 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Health and Children when arrears of the drug refund scheme will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [3719/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

I presume that the Deputy is referring to the drugs payment scheme, DPS. 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 that the board has no record of having received a claim from the person referred to by the Deputy. I have asked the GMS (payments) board to communicate directly with the person referred to by the Deputy concerning their application under the DPS refund scheme.