Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Public Accounts Committee

2013 Annual Report of the Comptroller General and 2014 Appropriation Accounts
Vote 38: Health
Chapter 13: Irish Blood Transfusion Service Pension Funding

10:00 am

Mr. Jim Breslin:

In regard to the earlier comments, the figures have changed due to things coming into and out of the Vote but I want to answer the Chairman's question about how much the HSE sought for 2015. As I recall it, it was €1.4 billion, which I think is correct, but €610 million was provided to the HSE following the negotiations on the Estimates process. Alongside that would have been savings initiatives to try to find further resources. One can see that the HSE tends to go for the desirable funding and then we have to go through a process with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to see what is achievable.