Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (508, 516)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

508. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied that the Mater Hospital and possibly others are passing on uncollected debts within a very short space of time to debt collection agencies who are writing to vulnerable citizens in a very threatening way, threatening the sheriff and other tactics which is causing huge stress; and his views on whether such behaviour is appropriate. [11584/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Clare Daly

Ceist:

516. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the amount of money paid by each of the Dublin hospitals to debt collection agencies in relation to outstanding hospital charges for each of the past five years; the stage at which an outstanding debt was passed on to debt collection agencies; and his views on whether such a practice is appropriate. [11628/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 508 and 516 together.

In relation to the detailed information requested by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to her directly.