James Reilly confident his department will stay in budget in 2013

The Health Minister says he's confident his Department will remain within budget this year - after a spending overrun of 360 million euro last year.

His comments come after it emerged the troika is seeking monthly reports to track cost controls and spending plans - in order to avoid a repeat of the overrun.

The European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund says certain targeted savings in the health sector have failed to materialise.

However James Reilly says he does not see a scenario - under which the troika would try to take direct control of health spending: