FOI Log Jan – June 2014

Date of Request

Our Ref

Summary of Request

Applicant Details

Decision Date

Decision Made

30/01/2014

1

Correspondence between Minister Reilly and Minister Lynch concerning mental health funding
Correspondence between Minister Reilly and Minister Brendan Howlin in the last six months
Correspondence between any of the Ministers in the Department and Tony O’Brien in the HSE concerning possible measures in Budget 2014

Sarah McInerney

Sunday Times

13/02/2014

Part-Granted

 

08/01/2014

2

A database of all lottery funding awarded by the Department for the year 2013. 

Ken Foxe

RTE

07/02/2014

Granted

 

08/01/2014

3

Correspondence between the Department and management or master of any of the country’s maternity hospitals relating to clinical risks associated with capacity at the hospitals during lifetime of current Government.

Ken Foxe

RTE

25/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

08/01/2014

4

Copy of all the value for money reports (VFM) and focused policy assessments (FPA) undertaken within the Department of Health since March 2011.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

04/02/2014

Administrative Access

 

08/01/2014

5

Correspondence between the Minister for Health James Reilly and the HSE, in relation to the Health Service National Service Plan 2014 between the 1September 2013 and 17 December 2013

David Lynch

Medical Independent

29/01/2014

Granted

 

09/01/2014

6

Departments total bill for overtime worked in 2013 (please include contractors in this figure)
Number of employees/contractors who received more than €5,000 in overtime; more than €10,000 in overtime; more than €15,000 in overtime; more than €20,000 in overtime; more than €25,000 in overtime; more than €30,000 in overtime; more than €40,000 in overtime; more than €50,000 in overtime.
The WTE number of people working at the Department of Health in 2013
The rate of absenteeism at the Department of Health in 2013

Susan Mitchell

Sunday Business Post

31/01/2014

Granted

 

10/01/2014

7

Report on Health Care Quality Indicators in the Irish Health System: Examining the Potential of Hospital Discharge and detail of when the Department received the first draft of the Report

Susan Mitchell Sunday Business Post

14/02/2014

Administrative Access

 

15/01/2014

8

Records relating to disparities in levels of lottery funding allocated per county, or possibility of reform of system of allocating lottery funds during same time period.

Ken Fox

RTE

07/02/2014

Refused

 

17/01/2014

9

2013 data provided to OECD for Health statistics for Ireland

Terence Cosgrave

21/01/2014

Administrative Access

 

21/01/2014

10

Correspondence between the Department of Health and the Rehab Group in relation to the remuneration of senior executives in the charity between January 1, 2011 and the present date.

Shane Phelan

Irish Independent

19/02/2014

Part-Granted

 

21/01/2014

11

All versions of the Health Service Executive’s National Service Plan 2014 that were submitted to the Minister for Health by the Director General of the Health Service Executive between 24 November, 2013 and 18 December 2013

Declan Ryan

13/02/2014

Granted

 

23/01/2014

12

The number and cost of reports commissioned by Minister of Health, James Reilly since taking up his present role in March 2011.
Payments to external consultants and/or agencies

The overall cost of reports commissioned by each of these previous Ministers of Health Ms. Harney, and Ms. Coughlan.

Niamh Griffin

Irish Daily Mail

27/02/2014

Granted

27/01/2014

13

Correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the appointment of Mr Bill Maher to move on secondment from St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to the HSE as head of the hospital service in HSE West in 2011.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

03/03/2014

Granted

 

27/01/2014

14

Correspondence between the Minister for Health and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform since 01 November 2013 to date.
Correspondence between the SG of the Department of Health and the Director General of the HSE since 01 November to date.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

07/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

04/02/2014

16

 Correspondence to the Minister for Health which lead to his determination of the risk equalisation levy and credits in 2013 under the Health Insurance Acts

Teresa kelly Oroz

09/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

06/02/2014

17

Correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE regarding the maternity ward in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise

Jennifer Bray

Irish Daily Mail

15/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

06/02/2014

18

Correspondence between the Department of Health and the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise regarding the maternity ward in Portlaoise Hospital

Correspondence between the Department of Health and all other Government Departments regarding the maternity ward in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise

Jennifer Bray

Irish Daily Mail

09/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

07/02/2014

20

All records relating to the granting of funding of €7 Million to upgrade St. Luke’s Hospital, Co. Kilkenny.

Ken Foxe

RTE

25/07/2014

Part-Granted

07/02/2014

19

Correspondence between the Minister for Health/Minister of State and the HSE’s Director General regarding the retention of hospital consultants and senior hospital doctors from 1st September 2013 to date.

Any consultant’s reports regarding salary scales of hospital consultants and /or retention of hospital consultants and senior hospital doctors, either forwarded to the Minister or his officials by the HSE, or commissioned within his department.
Submissions to the Minister from senior hospital managers, hospital consultants and the Associations representing hospital consultants. 

Maeve Sheehan

Sunday Independent

14/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

07/02/2014

21

All records in relation to the Health Repayment Scheme

Edmund Kent

24/02/2014

Withdrawn

 

07/02/2014

22

All records relating to a planned €18 million intervention fund to deal with waiting lists and the numbers of patients on trolleys in emergency departments.

Ken Foxe

RTE

10/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

11/02/2014

23

Correspondence from 1st July 2013 in relation to the approach from NAMA to the health service to purchase Mount Carmel Hospital as a going concern

Martin Wall

Irish Times

10/03/2014

Granted

 

11/02/2014

24

Correspondence from the Secretary General to the Minister for Health regarding concerns raised by the HSE about problems retaining and recruiting hospital consultants in the public health system from the 1st November 2013.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

07/03/2014

Granted

 

12/02/2014

25

Correspondence in relation to e-cigarettes and taxation on e-cigarettes from 1 January 2011 to the present date

Niamh Lyons

Political Correspondant

31/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

12/02/2014

26

Correspondence in relation to sugar tax, the sugar lobby, taxation on high-fat products, taxation on sugary drinks, saturated fat tax or taxation on any food component or substitute, from 1 January 2013

Niamh Lyons

Political Correspondant

10/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

12/02/2014

27

Documentation to and from the Chief Medical Officer, his staff and colleagues in the Department relating to the establishment of the Patient Safety Agency
Reports relating to the monitoring of the setting up of this Agency

Documentation sent to or by the National Patient Safety Advisory Group to the Department – particularly the CMO.
Information on the costs or related expenses involved in the setting up of the Agency.

Terence Cosgrave

05/03/2014

Withdrawn

 

16/04/2014

28

Correspondence from the Intensive Care Society of Ireland regarding the lack of ICU beds

Susan Mitchell

Sunday Business Post

19/05/2014

Withdrawn

 

14/02/2014

29

Correspondence between the Department of Health and the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) and Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in Ireland (APMI) over the past 12 months regarding reference pricing

Susan Mitchell

Sunday Business Post

14/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

14/02/2014

30

Correspondence, since January 2010, between the Department of Health and the Health Information and Quality Authority, regarding the National Ambulance Service and Dublin Fire Brigade response times

Kitty Holland

Irish Times

03/06/2014

Part-Granted

 

14/02/2014

31

Correspondence, since 2010, between the Department / Minister and the HSE regarding the staffing and funding of the National Ambulance Service

Kitty Holland

Irish Times

03/06/2014

Part-Granted

 

17/02/2014

32

Correspondence between Mr Ian Carter and the Health Minister/Secretary General between July 2013 and January 2014

Paul Mulholland

Irish Medical News

18/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

17/02/2014

33

Minutes of the meetings of the Implementation Group on Universal Healthcare in 2013

Paul Mulholland Irish Medical News

18/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

18/02/2014

34

Minutes from the last four meetings of the Pandemic Influenza Expert Group and copies of any documents circulated at those meetings.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

19/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

17/02/2014

35

Correspondence between the Health Minister James Reilly and Secretary General of the Department between March 2013 and January 2014
Correspondence between the Secretary General of the Department of Health and HSE Director General between March 2013 and January 2014

Paul Mulholland Irish Medical News

08/05/2014

Part-Granted

 

20/02/2014

36

Correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE/Voluntary Hospitals, since the 2013 NCHD strike, regarding EWTD compliance

James Fogarty

Medical Independent

21/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

21/02/2014

37

Correspondence between the HSE and Department of Health relating to free GP care from June, 2013 to the present time.

Ms. Niamh Cahill

Irish Medical News

08/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

28/02/2014

41

Records relating to the number of water restriction notices issued on account of excessive fluoride concentrations / excessive lead concentrations

Measures taken to warn parents of bottled fed children, persons with thyroid problems and medical personnel of the dangers inherent in using fluoridated public water supplies.

Individual

16/04/2014

Refused

 

05/03/2014

42

Minutes of meetings of the Department of Health’s Special Action Group on Obesity from June 2013 to the present

Eilish O’Regan

Irish Independent

18/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

07/03/2014

43

Documents and correspondence exchanged between the Minister for Health, the Minister of State and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on proposals for the implementation of Universal Health Insurance since 1 January  to date.

Maeve Sheehan

Sunday Independent

14/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

07/03/2014

44-56

Proposed Tobacco Legislation

A&L Goodbody

07/04/2014

Withdrawn

 

10/03/2014

57

A copy of the joint submission made by the IAPT (Irish Association of Physical Therapists) and the ISCP (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists) to the Minister or Department of Health concerning the formal regulation of the two professions

Michael O’Sullivan

10/03/2014

Part-Granted

 

18/03/2014

58

Correspondence between the Department of Health and VHI / Health Insurance Authority / HSE regarding VHI finances

Arthur Beesley

Irish Times

09/05/2014

Part-Granted

 

11/03/2014

59

Submissions made to Department of Health regarding its draft contract for the provision of free GP care for children under the age of 6

Martin Wall

Irish Times

13/03/2014

Withdrawn

 

11/03/2014

60

Correspondence between the HSE and the Department of Health regarding expenditure on its €18 million intervention fund provided in 2013 to deal with waiting lists

Martin Wall

Irish Times

16/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

07/03/2014

61

Correspondence between the Irish Government and the European Union from 1 January 2011 to date (7 March, 2014), held by the Department of Health, pertaining to the European Working Time Directive as relating to hospitals/the medical profession in Ireland

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

12/03/2014

Refused

 

07/03/2014

64

Correspondence relating to Rehab, its’ funding, and correspondence from individuals linked with the charity, including Frank Flannery, since 2010.

Juno McEnroe

 

22/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

14/03/2014

67

Details on the total amount spent on Public Relations/Media Relations services by/on behalf of Minister Dr James Reilly and Minister of State Alex White during 2012 and 2013 (media advise including speechwriting services, who provided such services, for what purpose, and the exact cost)

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

10/04/2014

Granted

 

14/03/2014

68

Documents/records received by the Department of Health from the Irish Medical Council between 1 January 2008 to 11 March 2014 in relation to the Medical Practitioners Act 2007

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

25/03/2014

Refused

 

18/03/2014

69

Minister and Secretary General’s desk and on-line diaries from 1/1/2013 to date

Kieran Cuddihy

15/04/2014

Part-Granted

 

19/03/2014

70

Correspondence between the Minister for Health James Reilly and the HSE between 1 January 2013 and 1 February 2014, in relation to the (draft) policy to introduce free GP care for under 6’s.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

23/05/2014

Refused

 

20/03/2014

71

Correspondence since 2012 from companies / industry bodies /secondary schools regarding the use of vending machines and the contents of vending machines in secondary schools and replies from the Department

Siobhan Maguire

Sunday Times

15/04/2014

Refused

 

21/03/2014

72

Records held by the Department of Health and created in 2011 and 2012 in relation to any communications between the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture concerning proposals to ban raw milk.

McCann Fitzgerald

Solicitors

11/04/2014

Refused

 

28/03/2014

73

Correspondence between the Department/Minister for Health and the Health Service Executive / National Ambulance Service / Dublin Fire Brigade / Dublin City Council regarding the provision of the ambulance service in Dublin

Kitty Holland

Irish Times

05/06/2014

Part-Granted

 

28/03/2014

74

Correspondence between the Minister for Health and the Chairs of the Dublin/Midlands hospital group, Dublin/East hospital group, Dublin North East hospital group, South-South West hospital group from 1 December to date.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

24/04/2014

Refused

31/03/2014

75

Correspondence between the Department of Health & Children and producers and retailers of e-cigarettes (including professional lobbyists employed by producers and retailers of e-cigarettes).

Individual

28/08/2014

Granted

02/042014

76

All expenses incurred by former Minister for Health , Micheál  Martin between  January, 2000 – September, 2004. 

Philip Ryan

Irish Independent

20/06/2014

Granted

02/04/2014

77

A list of all Secretary Generals or Assistant Secretary Generals who have left the Department since 2006, their date of departure and all correspondence from them to offices of the Secretary General or Minister.

Daniel McConnell

Irish Independent

02/05/2014

Granted

05/06/2014

78

Copies of documents relating to the proposal to introduce standard or plain packs for tobacco products, including without limitation the proposed measures contained in the General Scheme to the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013 since 1 January 2011.  

A&L Goodbody

21/10/2014

Part-Granted

17/06/2014

79

All documents relating to contacts between the Department of Health, Roche Pharmaceuticals and the Irish Medicines Board and any other parties in which Tamiflu is mentioned.

Colm Ó Mongáin

RTE

07/07/2014

Withdrawn

12/05/2014

80

All records relating to the authorisation status of the Voluntary Health Insurance Board in accordance with Financial Services Law and the implementation of the Voluntary Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2008.

John Cassidy

Laya Healthcare

20/06/2014

Part-Granted

 

 

28

All correspondence received in the Department since 2007 from the Intensive Care Society of Ireland in relation to the lack of Intensive Care Unit beds. 

Susan Mitchell

Sunday Business Post

19/05/2014

Withdrawn

23/04/2014

82

All correspondence in the last 12 months between Ministers in the Department of Health concerning free GP care, and also between Ministers in the Department of Health and other Ministers on this topic.

Sarah McInerney

Sunday Times

26/05/2014

Part-Granted

23/04/2014

84

Copies of the mileage claims submitted by the Minister – or Ministers – at your Department in the period between 1 July 2012 and 23 April, 2014.

Ken Foxe

RTE

22/05/2014

Granted

23/04/2014

85

All correspondence from psychiatrists in the Carlow/Kilkenny/Sth Tipperary area to Ministers at the Department of Health since March 2011, in which concern is expressed over Mental Health Services.

Colm O’Mongain

RTE

22/05/2014

Part-Granted

30/04/2014

86

All correspondence with regard to issues regarding regulation of medical services and the advertising of such services , in the fields of plastic surgery, dermatology and ophthalmology for the period 1 January 2012 to 29 April 2014.

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

05/05/2014

Granted

20/05/2014

90

All records in relation to expenses for road toll charges claimed by Minister for Health James Reilly for the years 2011 – 2014.

Ferghal Blaney

Daily Mail

18/06/2014

Part-Granted

23/05/2014

92

All correspondence between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Health since 1 April 2014 regarding savings generated  or to be generated under the Haddington Road Agreement

Martin Wall

Irish Times

23/06/2014

Part-Granted

23/05/2014

93

All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform since 1 February 2014.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

20/06/2014

Granted

23/05/2014

94

All correspondence between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Health regarding the contract and current pay arrangements for the chief executive of the group of hospitals in the west/north west
Copy of the review carried out by the Department of Health of the contract of the chief executive of the group of hospitals in the west/north west

Martin Wall

Irish Times

07/07/2014

Refused

23/05/2014

95

Copy of submissions/presentations made to the oversight and monitoring group examining the health service budget

Martin Wall

Irish Times

20/06/2014

Part-Granted

23/05/2014

96

Copy of correspondence between the Secretary General of the Department of Health and the Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform since 1 January, 2014

Martin Wall

Irish Times

15/07/2014

Part-Granted

23/05/2014

97

Copy of representations made by the pharmaceutical industry to the Minister for Health since 1 December 2013 in relation to the non-approval of certain drugs for inclusion in the GMS Scheme and the proposal to de-list others.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

20/06/2014

Refused

23/05/2014

98

 Copy of correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the HSE budget since 1 February 2014.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

20/06/2014

Part-Granted

26/05/2014

99

All correspondence between the Department of Health and other bodies/individuals regarding the request from the Department to the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies to review its allocation process of training posts in favour of Irish/EU nationals.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

02/07/2014

Part-Granted

30/05/2014

100

Records which concerns and informs your measurement of and progress against deaths caused by medical error or inadequacy in the Irish Health System.

Martin Chamberlaine

03/07/2014

Refused

30/05/2014

101

All correspondences between the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Alex White T.D. and the HSE between 1 April 2013 and 1 February 2014, in relation to the policy to introduce free GP care for under 6’s.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

25/06/2014

Refused

28/05/2014

102

Correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of the Environment from 2010 which refer to potential direct and indirect health implications around wind turbines/wind farms.
Correspondence from the office of the Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health around the health implications of wind farms/turbines.

Pamela Duncan

Irish Times

26/06/2014

Granted

03/06/2014

103

All correspondence between the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Alex White T.D. and the Irish Medical Organisation, the National Association of General Practitioners and the Irish College of General Practitioners between 1 January 2014 and 28 May 2014 in relation to free GP cards for U/6’s.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

01/08/2014

Part-Granted

10/06/2014

105

All communications received by people who may be characterised as “lobbying” regarding the introduction of generic drugs and reference pricing between June 2012 and June, 2013.

Conor Ryan

Irish Examiner

18/06/14

Withdrawn

11/06/2014

106

A copy of the data provided to the OECD Health Data 2013 on the remuneration of General Practitioners including details as to how these figures are established.

Vanessa Hetherington

30/06/2014

Part-Granted

12/06/2014

107

Correspondence between Department of Health Secretary General, Ambrose McLoughlin and Minister for Health, James Reilly since January 1st, 2014.

Paul Cullen

Irish Times

07/08/2014

Part-Granted

20/06/2014

108

Copy of briefing material prepared for the Secretary General of the Department of Health for his appearance before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday 12 June, 2014.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

25/07/2014

Part-Granted

25/06/2014

110

Correspondence sent and received by the Department of Health relating to concerns over treatment / recruitment / employment of gay medical and nursing professionals by healthcare institutions with a religious ethos.

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

06/08/2014

Refused

25/06/2014

111

All correspondence sent and received by Secretary General of the Department of Health, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin between 1 January 2013 to 24 June 2014 regarding the awarding and removal of discretionary medical cards and discretionary GP visit cards.

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

01/08/2014

Part-Granted

25/06/2014

112

Correspondence sent and received by the Department of Health  relating to concerns over slimming products / weight loss aids which are obtainable by residents of Ireland, in outlets within the jurisdiction or via the Internet to cover the time period 1 January 2010 to 24 June 2014.

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

23/07/2014

Part-Granted

27/06/2014

113

All records held by the Department relating to the recent allocation of funding to Sacred Hospital, Castlebar, Co Mayo. 

Ken Foxe

RTE

25/07/2014

Part-Granted

02/12/2014

220

Copy of the independent thematic analysis of submissions from the consultation process on the White Paper on Universal Health Insurance received by the Department of Health
Copy of all other material arising from the consultation process on universal health insurance received by the Department of Health*

Martin Wall

Irish Times

19/1/2015

Part-Granted