Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (61)

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

61. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health if it is the case that the Health Service Executive has taken the decision to outsource central payroll operations and its support system infrastructure; the number of staff currently working in this area broken down by HSE region; the savings expected to be made by such a move; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48967/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

One of the key commitments in the Public Service Reform Plan is to identify and evaluate new business models and opportunities to support the delivery of non-core processes and services. External Service Delivery is an area that can potentially deliver a range of benefits for the provision of health services. These include both cost and efficiency savings stemming from better work and management practices. The Health Sector, along with Education, Justice and Local Government Sectors, are required to prepare and implement detailed benefits-driven external service delivery plans. This plan is currently being prepared by my Department in conjunction with the HSE.

The option of external delivery of the HSE payroll is currently being explored. The particular operational issues raised by the Deputy have been forwarded to the HSE for direct response.

Question No. 62 answered with Question No. 56.