Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (133)

Marc MacSharry

Ceist:

133. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Finance further to information provided (details supplied), if he will provide minutes of meetings to consider reports among he and his officials and minutes of meetings between officials of his Department and other Departments and agencies including the State Claims Agency; if the reports provided on a quarterly basis made reference to cases relating to the cervical screening crisis namely cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20837/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

The NTMA (Amendment) Act 2000, which established the SCA, provides for the SCA to deal directly with the bodies which are delegated to it for claims management on behalf of the relevant Minister. The relevant Minister’s role and responsibilities must be respected while claims which arise are being managed. As my Department does not have a role in the day-to-day handling of medical negligence cases, my Department had no meetings with the SCA on these matters.

Arising from a Government Decision in 2007, the State Claims Agency submits to the Department of Finance a report containing important and sensitive cases being managed by the Agency on a quarterly basis. As the responsible Minister for the NTMA, I bring this report to Government at the first available opportunity following the ending of the quarter as part of a Memorandum for Information. That Memorandum does not include medical negligence cases primarily because of the large number of such individual cases, most of which are inherently sensitive.