Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (519)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

519. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health with respect to the hepatitis C tribunal accounts for 2008 and 2009, if he will accept that the amount entered for total payments for 2008 in its 2009 document does not remotely match its entry in the 2008 document and that an equivalent distortion occurred in two other entries further down that column of data; and if, in view of these fundamental errors and the lack of transparency provided to Dáil Éireann in previous replies, he will instruct the tribunal to hand over its financial records, including all of its banking records, to an independent auditor and that an independent audit then be laid before Dáil Éireann. [11658/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As pointed out in my response to recent parliamentary questions, there was an error in the published accounts of the Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal for 2009. This error impacted on both the 2009 and 2008 figures included in the 2009 publication. The 2008 Total Payments figure, as documented in the published accounts for 2008, and as set out in my response to Question No. 238 of 6 February 2014, was €62,744,412. This is incorrectly listed as €1,205,465 in the published accounts for 2009. This incorrect figure fed into the calculation of a surplus for the year as €73,596,535 (rather than the correct figure of €12,057,588) and to the calculation of a surplus carried forward to the following year of €56,210,708 (rather than a deficit of €5,328,239). As pointed out previously, I do not propose to have an audit undertaken on the matter.

Question No. 520 answered with Question No. 505.