Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD says that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health should discuss the issues arising from the decision of the HSE to stop publishing the details of Primary Care Reimbursement Service payments.
He commented: “The HSE has withdrawn these details following the intervention of the Data Protection Commissioner. However, issues of transparency clearly arise with regard to how public money is being spent.
“I am somewhat surprised at this decision by the HSE. For instance, the details of payments to solicitors under legal aid are published so I cannot see why similar details under the Primary Care Reimbursement Service could not be released. TD’s have put parliamentary questions to the Minister for Justice and Equality on this matter and the details have been placed on the Dáil record.
“It is essential that we have a wide-ranging debate on this and I am calling for it to be discussed at the Oireachtas Health Committee. We hear a lot about the money following the patient but we also need the taxpayer to be able to see how this is happening and where the money is being spent.”