Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 24 April, 2008

Written Answers. - Compensation Schemes.

Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding a claim in relation to insurance for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15777/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney:Under the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal (Amendment) Act 2006 (No. 22 of 2006) provision was made for the establishment of an insurance scheme for persons who had been infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through the administration, within the State, of infected blood and blood products. Under Regulations put in place under the Act in January last year (S.I. 31 of 2007) life assurance products are now available to these people. In accordance with the Act the scheme is administered by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The information sought by the Deputy is therefore a matter for the HSE. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued to the Deputy.