Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (351, 370)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

351. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the number of victims of the swine flu vaccine that are included in the number of cases the State Claims Agency presented to Dáil Éireann in April 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20862/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

370. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the number of victims of the swine flu vaccine included in the number of cases drawn to the attention of the State Claims Agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20921/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 351 and 370 together.

I cannot comment on individual cases or matters that are the subject of litigation but can provide background information on this litigation and clarify matters that are already in the public domain.

As of 9 May 2018, legal proceedings against the Minister, the Health Services Executive and GlaxoSmithKline Biological SA have been initiated by seventy individuals. The plaintiffs allege personal injury in which they claim the development of narcolepsy resulted from the administration of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine. The management of the cases transferred to the State Claims Agency on 15 October 2013 when the Taoiseach signed the National Treasury Management Agency (Delegation of Claims Management Functions) (Amendment) Order 2013.