Question to the Minister for Health:
To ask the Minister for Health the total amount paid out by his Department and the Health Service Executive on foot of negligence claims in each of the past three years; the associated legal fees incurred; if the Health Service Executive avails of an insurance policy to assist in meeting both claims and legal fees; the steps being taken to reduce these amounts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. -Jerry Buttimer
For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 21st March, 2013
Minister for Health (Dr. James Reilly):
The information requested by the Deputy concerning negligence claims is not readily available. Accordingly, I have asked the State Claims Agency to collate the information and respond directly to the Deputy as soon as it is available.