Tuesday 6 December 2016

Harris faces quiz on €12m Lloyds' deal

Published 27/09/2016 | 02:30

Both Lloyds and the HSE have remained tight-lipped on the background to massive settlement. Stock Photo
Both Lloyds and the HSE have remained tight-lipped on the background to massive settlement. Stock Photo

Health Minister Simon Harris will come under pressure in the Dáil today to reveal the details of a €12m settlement paid by the Lloyds pharmacy chain to the HSE.

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The settlement followed a probe into the way the pharmacy used a scheme for elderly medical card holders.

Both Lloyds and the HSE have remained tight-lipped on the background to massive settlement.

It arose out of the manner in which the pharmacy boosted its income from dispensing fees for prescriptions issued to medical card holders.

A motion before the Dáil today by over 40 TDs, led by Deputy Dara Calleary, will demand that the minister explain how the HSE could have ended up having to be paid back this amount of taxpayers' money and how its surveillance systems failed. The TDs also want the minister to prioritise the spending of taxpayers' money and outline what investigations the HSE has underway into the practice and whether it is also in place in other pharmacies.

The HSE has previously claimed that other pharmacies are being probed also.

Irish Independent

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