Written answers

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Department of Health and Children

Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme

8:00 pm

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 504: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will explain the disparity between replies given by her Department on a specific topic (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38551/09]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Independent)
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The Health Service Executive has responsibility for administering the health repayment scheme in conjunction with the appointed scheme administrator KPMG/McCann Fitzgerald. Since the scheme commenced in 2006, a total of €18.654m has been paid to date to all companies that have been involved with the scheme. A breakdown of payments made to each of the companies is as follows:

CompanyYTD 30/9/09200820072006Total
Scheme Administrator
KPMG & McCann Fitzgerald2.0178.6532.2741.11814.062
IT Consultancy
Client SolutionsNil0.011NilNil0.011
Iron Mountain0.0020.0010.0020.0020.007
Contract Consultancy
Drury CommunicationsNil0.0690.0190.0970.185
Legal Expenses
Various Solicitor Firms0.5141.2450.7700.4863.015
Appeals Office
IT Consultancy
Complete Network TechnologyNil0.0150.0070.0050.027
IT Force0.0090.0240.0090.0440.086
Office Expenses
Brunswick Press Ltd.Nil0.005NilNil0.005
Grant Thornton0.006NilNilNil0.006

The replies provided to previous questions referred to payments made to companies working on the administration of the scheme as at the relevant dates. PQs 16923/08 and 23910/08 referred to payments made to various companies whereas the reply to PQ 37120/09 referred only to payments made to the Scheme Administrator. When responding to PQ 37120/09, the HSE inadvertently provided information on payments made to the scheme administrator excluding VAT, which explains the lower expenditure amounts made to the Scheme Administrator when compared to amounts previously reported. In respect of the decreased figure for Client Solutions, credits were issued to the HSE by Client Solutions against invoices charged in error to the Repayment Scheme.

I wish to confirm now that the total payments made to date in respect of all companies working on the administration of the scheme since 2006 amounts to €18.654m.


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