Acting as the State Claims Agency (SCA), the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) manages personal injury, property damage and clinical negligence claims brought against certain State authorities, including Government ministers, the Attorney General, healthcare enterprises, the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, prison governors, and community and comprehensive schools amongst others. The Agency utilises and promotes an integrated approach to risk and claims management as suggested by international best practice.
Its risk management role is to advise and assist delegated State authorities and healthcare enterprises in minimising their claim exposures and it achieves this through active employer liability, public liability and clinical risk management work programmes.
There are currently in the region of 146 delegated State authorities within the SCA’s remit.
In 2012 the Government decided to establish a Legal Costs Unit within the SCA to deal with third-party costs arising from certain tribunals of inquiry. The Legal Costs Unit will initially handle claims from parties awarded their legal costs in connection with their attendance at the Mahon and Moriarty tribunals. The third parties will first have been awarded their costs, wholly or partially, by the respective tribunal chairpersons, prior to submitting their costs to the Legal Costs Unit for examination and adjudication.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence intends to introduce a new compensation scheme for members of An Garda Síochána maliciously injured in the course of their duties. Under the new proposals, Garda cases seeking compensation for personal injury will no longer be referred to the High Court for adjudication but will instead be managed by the SCA on behalf of the Minister.
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