|Title:||Bank Accounts - Patients' Private Property|
|Document ID:||Administrative Circular A 6810|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 15 June 1988|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Applicable to:||General Medical Units, Psychiatric Service Units|
|Print version:||View print version|
|To be read in conjunction with:||
Bank Accounts - Patients' Private Property
In September 1987 a Circular (No. A6620) was issued detailing policy in relation to accumulated funds of long-term patients.
The final paragraph of that Circular read:
"Where patient is considered by a medical practitioner to be incapable of maintaining his/her financial affairs, funds in excess of $400 should be forwarded to the Public Trustee for investment on behalf of the patient."
The Department has been advised that there are formal documents which need to be completed before moneys will be accepted by the Public Trustee. In the first instance a "Form of Particulars Relating to an Infirm Person" (P.T. 196) must be completed and forwarded to the Public Trustee for his consideration. A supply of these forms can be obtained from the Public Trustee.
Any Service Units unable to implement the policy outlined in Circular A6620 (subject, or course, to the above amendment) should advise the Director, Accounting Services Branch in writing of the factors preventing them from doing so.
The question of interest earnings on long-term patients' moneys is proving a barrier to obtaining the necessary approval from Treasury to the Trust Statements submitted on behalf of Service Units for this particular type of Account. It is likely that approval may be forthcoming if interest earnings accrue to the individual patients.
It is therefore important that Service Units address this situation as a matter of urgency.
Commissioner of Heal - -
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 15 June 1988 at 12:00am