Thursday, 15 October 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
158. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 487 of 16 September 2009, when repayments will be made in the western region; the timetable for the completion of this process and the reclaim procedure for the next of kin; the individuals dealing with the cases in each Health Service Executive region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36453/09]
Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): The first payments of interest retained on invested Patient Private Property funds by the HSE have now been made to clients. The task of calculating and processing retained interest payments will re-commence during November 2009, when payments for the remainder of HSE South will commence. Payments to clients resident in the western region will commence most probably in early 2010.
The HSE will where possible make payments of retained interest to the Patients’ Private Property accounts of clients. If such accounts are not currently being operated, the HSE will seek to identify the present whereabouts of these clients, or their representatives, so that these funds may be transferred directly. The task of distributing retained interest will be managed by the PPPA Central Unit in Tullamore, Co. Offaly in co-operation with relevant staff at each local Care Centre, where relevant client records are retained.
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