Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Thursday, 6 March 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 562 No. 6

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  46.  Mr. Timmins  Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the areas in which overruns occurred in the various health boards; the extent to which these overruns were within the acute hospitals sector or the community care sector or otherwise; the extent of the overrun in each area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6692/03]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  The figures available to me, which are not finalised, for health boards-authority outturns for 2002 are set out in the following table. The over[1554]run as reported is €26 million across health boards-authority and represents approximately 0.38% of approved expenditure. The Deputy will agree that this is a good result given the pressure on services that was experienced throughout 2002.

Whilst I cannot be definitive at this stage about the detail of the programme overrun for each board-authority, it is clear from the information available to me that the major problem was experienced in the acute hospital sector. Other difficulties arose in areas such as legal costs associated with children services, services for older people, particularly nursing home subventions, health inflation issues, such as insurance and waste disposal. A detailed breakdown of this will not be available to me until the figures for 2002 have been finalised in the annual financial statements. The 1996 accountability legislation provides for a first charge reflecting excess expenditure to be set off against the following year's budget as a disciplinary measure so that health agencies plan their service delivery within approved expenditure limits.

Agency RevisedDetermination Projected outturn Variance % of Budget
€m €m €m %
Eastern Regional Health Authority 2,844.341 2,879.341 35.0 1.23
Midland Health Board 352.146 352.146 Nil Nil
Mid-Western Health Board 499.654 495.154 (4.5) (0.9)
North Eastern Health Board 479.200 479.200 Nil Nil
North Western Health Board 420.354 422.354 2.0 0.48
South Eastern Health Board 616.443 613.943 (2.5) (0.41)
Southern Health Board 913.919 915.419 1.5 0.16
Western Health Board 682.447 677.047 (5.4) (0.79)
Total 6,808.504 6,834.604 26.1 0.38

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