FOI Log April – June 2015

Date of Request Our Ref Summary of Request Applicant Details Decision Date Decision Made
01/04/2015 100 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2015 with regard to any meetings or consultations with the Association of Pharmacy Manufacturers of Ireland (AMPI) and the Irish Pharmaceutical Representative Association (IPHA) on the subject of drug prices Declan Ryan Fianna Fáil Research Office 02/09/2015 Part Granted
08/04/2015 102 All correspondence to and from Minister Leo Varadkar/Department of Health and Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, the Health Service Executive and Saolta University Health Care Group, in relation to the review of maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital. Individual
09/04/2015 104 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive regarding safety in the maternity unit, emergency unit and surgical unit at Portlaoise Hospital from June 2014 to 4 April 2015. Eilish O’Regan Irish Independent 19/06/2015 Part Granted
 09/04/2015  105 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive regarding the HIQA investigation into safety standards at Portlaoise HospitalAll internal correspondence at the Department of Health regarding safety at Portlaoise Hospital and the HIQA investigation ordered after the Prime Time investigation. Eilish O’Regan Irish Independent  29/05/2015  Part Granted
 09/04/2015  106  Copy of submissions made to the Department of Health and Children from the Rotunda Hospital and the Coombe Women and Infant’s University Hospital in relation to the review being conducted by the Department re the recommendations made by KPMG (2008) in relation to the locations for the redevelopment of the Coombe and the Rotunda Hospitals. Fiona Dillon The Herald  08/05/2015  Refused
 10/04/2015  107 All correspondence between the Department and all Irish hospitals in relation to breast-feeding and baby formula manufacturing companies.Also correspondence between the Department and baby formula manufacturing companies.All correspondence made to or between the Department and the “My First 1000 Days Campaign”. Emma-Jane Hade Irish Independent  07/05/2015  Part Granted
 10/04/2015 108 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform since 01 January 2015 in relation to additional funding for the Fair Deal nursing home scheme to alleviate emergency department over-crowding.All correspondence between the HSE and the Department of Health since 01 January 2015 regarding its requirement for additional funding for the Fair Deal scheme and to alleviate overcrowding in hospital emergency departments. Martin Wall The Irish Times  12/05/2015  Part Granted
10/04/2015 109 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and since 01 January 2015 in relation to the extension of free GP care to children under age 6 and people over 70. Martin Wall The Irish Times  09/06/2015 Part Granted
14/04/2015 110 All correspondence to/from the Minister for Health or his officials in relation to GP training and any responses provided, from January 1st, 2014 on. Paul Cullen The Irish Times
15/04/2015 111 Copies of all submissions received by the Department/Minister on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015. Sam Griffin Irish Independent
 15/04/2015  112 All correspondence between HIQA and the Department of Health during the last 6 months regarding HIQA’s inspection of disability centres.  Briefings for the Health Minister on disability centres including day-centres and Aras Attracta since he took office.  Written communication between the Department of Health and/or the Minister’s office and the HSE and that of National Director for Social Care relating to HIQA inspections of disability centres.
Niamh Griffin
The Irish Mail on Sunday
 03/07/2015  Part Granted
 17/04/2015  113  All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive between 1 April 2013 and 9 April 2015 with regard to the introduction of free GP care for the under 6’sAll correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform between 1 April 2013 and 9 April 2015 with regard to the introduction of free GP care for the under 6’s. Declan Ryan,FF Research
 17/04/2015  114  All records held by the Department of Health relating to the historic vaccine trials carried out on the children in care settings here by the Wellcome Foundation (now GlaxoSmithKline) and related companies.The request covers the period of 1 January 2014 to present date.  Conall Ó Fátharta, The Examiner  22/05/2015  Part Granted
 20/04/2015  115  All records held by the Department of Health relating to the setting up and implementation of the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme. All records held by the Department of Health relating to the appointment of Judge Maureen Harding Clark and her advisory group/staff etc. The request covers the period of 1 January, 2014 to present.  Conall Ó Fátharta, The Examiner
 21/04/2015  116  All correspondence between officials of the DOH and Mr Paul Gallagher, President and/or the Board of NMBI in relation to protected disclosure from 27 January 2015 to today’s date.  Individual 20/05/2015  Part Granted
 24/04/2015  117  All correspondence between the Department’s Chief Nurse Office with the following parties –the Minister for Health, HSE cute Hospitals, the IMO and the INMO – on the issues of nurses undertaking cannulation, phlebotomy and IV first doses between 01/10/14 and 24/4/15. Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent 27/05/2015 Refused
 27/04/2015  118 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the Chief Medical Officer connected with provision of Midwife Led Units (MLUs), community midwifery care, and postnatal community midwifery in the Irish maternity service. Catherine Reilly
Medical Independent
 27/04/2015  120 All correspondences between the Minister for Health and his office with the Irish Pharmaceutical Health care Association between the dates 1 January 2015 and 1 April 2015. David Lynch, Medical Independent  26/05/2015  Granted
 27/04/2015  121 All correspondences between the Minister for Health and his office with the Minister’s office at Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in the Northern Ireland government during the period 1/10/15 – 1/3/15. David Lynch, Medical Independent  26/05/2015  Granted
 29/04/2015  122  Minutes from the meetings of the Pandemic Influenza Expert Group and copies of any documents circulated at those meetings held since June 2014.  David Lynch, Medical Independent  27/05/2015  Granted
 29/04/2015 123  All correspondence between the Minister for Health, the IMO, the National Association of General Practitioners and the Irish College of General Practitioners re free GP care for Under 6’s between 1/1/15 – 10/4/15.  David Lynch, Medical Independent  09/07/2015  Part Granted
 01/05/2015 124 All correspondence, relating to the introduction of levies on those taking out health insurance over the age of 35, between the Department/Minister and (a) health insurance (b) any company, institution, association or individual working in the field of healthcare or patient welfare since January 1, 2014. Paul Farrell, The Phoenix  02/06/2015  Part Granted
 05/05/2015  125  The amount claimed for purchase of makeup, cosmetics, hair or beauty products by each current or previous Minister or Minister of State each year since the current Government took office in February 2011. The amount claimed for professional hair styling, beauty, make up or personal styling, shopping/grooming services by each current or previous Minister or Minister of State  The amount claimed for new clothing, shoes or accessories, dry cleaning, laundry or clothing repairs by each current or previous Minister or Minister of State each year since the current Government took office in February 2011. Ailbhe Jordan, The Irish Mirror  05/06/2015  Refused
 05/05/2015  126  All correspondence Minister Leo Varadkar/ Minister of State Kathleen Lynch have had with Martin Dunne, the director of the HSE National Ambulance Service since January 1, 2015, on the proposed new ambulance base at Loughglynn, Co Roscommon.  Individual  28/05/2015  Refused
 08/05/2015  127  All records relating to overcrowding at the cancer treatment unit of Mayo General Hospital in the period between 1 Jan 2014 and the current date. Ken Foxe, RTE  29/05/2015  Refused
 12/05/2015  128  All correspondence the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has had with staff at Midlands Regional Hospital since his appointment in July 2014.  Individual  16/06/2015  Refused
 13/05/2015  129  All correspondence to and from Roscommon Hospital and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar since 5 March 2015.  Individual  11/06/2015  Refused
 14/05/2015  130  All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE between 1 February 2015 and 13 May 2015 with regard to the Patient Safety investigation undertaken by HIQA into the safety, quality and standards of service provided to patients in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.  Individual  27/08/2015  Part Granted
 14/05/2015  131  All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE between 9 October 2014 and 13 May 2015 with regard to the development of a National Maternity Services Strategy.  Individual
 14/05/2015  132  The terms of reference of the national review of future maternity services and all related documentation from the Department of Health and HSE.  Individual
 18/05/2015  133 All correspondence between the Secretary General of the Department of Health and the Director General of the HSE since 01 January 2015. All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the Director General of the HSE since 01 January 2015. All correspondence between the Minster for Health and the chair/chief executive of HIQA since 01 January 2015.  Martin Wall, The Irish Times  23/06/2015  Part Granted
 18/05/2015  134 All correspondences between the Minister for Health and the two following organisations – The Food & Drink Industry Ireland (FDII), and The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland between 1 November 2014 and 1 April 2015.  David Lynch, The Medical Independent  24/06/2015  Part Granted
 19/05/2015  135 All correspondence to and from the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in relation to ambulance services in Co Roscommon since January 1, 2015.  Individual  10/06/2015  Granted
 21/05/2015  137 The value of the contract entered into with Mitie Pest Control concerning the provision of Pest Control (Sea Gulls) at Hawkins House.  Individual  19/06/2015  Part Granted
 25/05/2015  138  All records in your attendance/flex-time recording systems showing, in respect of every employee, the surplus or deficit carried over by each person at the end of each four-week period from 11 May 2014 to 10 May 2015.  David Yip, The Irish Mail on Sunday  12/06/2015  Refused
 25/05/2015  139  All correspondence between the Minster for Health and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group since 01 January 2015. All correspondence between the Secretary General of the Department of Health and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group since 01 January 2015.  Martin Wall, The Irish Times  23/06/2015  Part Granted
 26/05/2015  141 All correspondence between January 1 and May 26, 2015 to/from the following individuals on the topic of the planned National Children’s Hospital at the St James’s Hospital site: Minister Leo Varadkar, Secretary General Jim Breslin Cormac McQuinn, The Herald  26/06/2015  Granted
 28/05/2015  142  Statements for credit cards paid for and used by the Department, its staff and ministers, for transactions between 1 January, 2015 and present. Amounts spent on travel and accommodation for Ministers and Department staff in the same period.  Individual
 02/06/2015  143  All correspondence re interaction with the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, especially those that relate to the negotiation of an indemnity since 2010.  Individual  08/06/2015  Refused
 03/06/2015  144  Copy of the expert review on the future of the Rosalie Unit at Áras Naomh Chaoilin, Castlerea, Co.Roscommon.  Individual  12/06/2015  Refused
 04/06/2015  145  Copies of all correspondence between Minister for Health Leo Varadkar / Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and Senator John Kelly (Labour Party) since January 1, 2015.  Individual  08/07/2015  Part Granted
 04/06/2015  146  Copies of all correspondence between Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and the office of Catherine Cunningham, HSE Area Manager, Galway/Roscommon, since January 1, 2015.  Individual  07/07/2015  Part Granted
 04/06/2015  147 Details of the total expenditure by the Department in 2014 on tea, coffee, sandwiches and biscuits/pastries/cakes. Seán McCárthaigh, The Times  29/06/2015  Granted
 08/06/2015  148  Details of the amount paid under fuel card schemes annually, broken down by supplier, by the Department of Health from January 1, 2011 to date. Claire Gorman, The Times  06/07/2015  Refused
 09/06/2015  149  Copy of the most reviews carried out on the Emergency Aeromedical  Individual  07/07/2015  Refused
 09/06/2015  150  All correspondence between 29 September, 2004 to 28 September, 2007 which relates to the activities and/or funding of the suicide bereavement counselling charity Console.  Paul Murphy, RTE  14/07/2015  Part Granted
 10/06/2015  151  Details of any steps taken, if any, by the Department of Health to implement the recommendations set out at paragraph 6.32 of the Mullarkey Report. All documents relating to the establishment of risk management procedures in the Department of Health. Copies of the most recent register of risks which exists within the Department of Health. Lucinda Creighton T.D.
 10/06/2015  152  All correspondence involving Ministers and staff of the Department on the subject of advancing, promoting and defending against legal challenge, standardised tobacco packaging, before and since the passage of the 2015 Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act with particular focus on research, and the distribution of National Lottery grants for such research.  Dan MacGuill, The Journal.ie
 11/06/2015  153 All correspondence between the Department of Health and Mark Kenneally relating to the appointment of individuals to the board of all state bodies to which the Minister for Health has the statutory capacity to make board appointments. Lucinda Creighton T.D  07/07/2015  Refused
 11/06/2015  154  All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive relating to the establishment of a risk register as recommended by the Mullarkey Report (paragraph 6.32) from 2002 to date.  Lucinda Creighton, T.D
 15/06/2015  155 All correspondence relating to ambulance services in Co Roscommon sent to or created by the Minister for Health, and the CMO, from December 2014.  Individual  31/07/2015  Granted
 15/06/2015  156  I understand that “all mental health operations across Co. Roscommon are currently being reviewed”.  I would like to request a copy of this.  Individual  25/06/2015  Refused
 16/06/2015  157 All correspondence between Minister Leo Varadkar and SG of the Department, Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch and Minister Aodhan O’Riordain.  Susan McInerney,The Sunday Times  29/06/2015  Refused
 18/06/2015  159  All correspondence between the offices of Health Minister Leo Varadkar/Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and the Saolta University Health Care Group, since January 1, 2015.  Individual  13/07/2015  Part Granted
 19/06/2015  160 All correspondence to Minister Leo Varadkar, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and Department of Health Services for Older People, on any issue around the implementation of the Irish National Dementia Strategy between 1 December 2014 to today’s date of 19 June 2015.  Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent  17/07/2015  Part Granted
 19/06/2015  161  All documents sent from Lis Nixon, Special Delivery Unit, to Minister Leo Varadkar since last July.I would also like all reports/letters/ and documents sent from the Special Delivery Unit to the Minister since last July.  Petrins Vousden, Irish Daily Mail  13/07/2015  Refused
 22/06/2015  162  Copy of the 2012 survey of experience and qualification in the Department of Health. Sean McCarthaigh, The Times  17/07/2015  Granted
 23/06/2015  163  The number of food and drink vending machines currently in Hawkins House, including the product lists for same.The number of food and drink vending machines purchased by the Department of Health for Hawkins House from 1 January 2014 to 23 June 2015, including the product lists for same. Total cost to the Department of provision of food and drink vending machines in Hawkins House during this same period.  Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent  16/07/2015  Granted
 24/06/2015  164 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Board and CORU  since 01 February 2015. Martin Wall, The Irish Times  29/07/2015  Part Granted
 24/06/2015  165  All correspondence between the Department of Health and the National Association of GPs since 01 January 2015  Martin Wall, The Irish Times  06/07/2015  Granted
 24/06/2015  166 The number of food and drink vending machines currently in Hawkins House, including the product lists for same.The number of food and drink vending machines purchased by the Department of Health for Hawkins House from 1 January 2014 to 23 June 2015, including the product lists for same. Total cost to the Department of provision of food and drink vending machines in Hawkins House during this same period.  Individual  29/06/2015  Granted
 24/06/2015  167 All correspondence between the Department of Health and Minister Varadkar’s office and the following Departments on the issue of Universal Health Insurance (UHI): – Department of An Taoiseach – Department of Finance – Department of Public Expenditure. The timeframe for this request is as follows:  01/02/15- today’s date.  Niall O’Connor, Independent News and Media  22/07/2015  Part Granted
 26/06/2015  168 Copies of all correspondence to and from the offices of Minister Leo Varadkar/Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, in relation to the Rosalie unit at Áras Naoimh Chaolain, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon since May 1, 2015.  Individual  22/07/2015  Part Granted
 29/06/2015  169 All correspondence from the 1 January 2015 to present received by the Minister and the Department regarding mental health services through-out County Roscommon, especially the Rosalie Unit.  Individual  27/07/2015  Part Granted
 30/06/2015  170 Diaries of the Minister for Health James Reilly T.D., Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD and the Secretary General of the Department of Health from March 2011 to date. Fianna Fáil Research Office