Dáil debates

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation

 

12:40 pm

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)

There are three groups of people involved and I am not satisfied with the progress regarding the group whose payments are still outstanding. The vast majority of people working within the public system have now been paid. I believe the figure is 97% or higher. There is another group of people comprising non-HSE staff. This group includes Defence Forces and fire brigade personnel and others and needs to be paid as a matter of priority. There is then a third group comprising private sector workers. The HSE has a genuine concern that it may end up overpaying or incorrectly paying third-party private providers in respect of which it does not have the same level of transparency as it has with section 38 and section 39 bodies. I raised this with the HSE again this week. The proposal from the HSE, which I fully understand because if it gets it wrong, the first thing that would happen is that the Committee of Public Accounts would call it in and haul it over the coals for not having sufficient audits-----

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