FOI Log Jan – Mar 2016

 

Date of Request Our ref Summary of Request Applicant Details Decision Date Decision Made
 05/01/2016  1 All correspondence regarding terms of references or draft terms of reference of any review of A&E/emergency departments in the hospital network nationwide that may be proposed, underway or completed. Oireachtas 02/02/2016
05/01/2016  2 All correspondence between the Minister and the HSE regarding the Galway based child and adolescent sexual assault treatment service (CASATS) from 1st January 2011 and 5th January 2016. Media 09/02/2016 Refused
 06/01/2015  3 All correspondence received by the Department or its Ministers from the Alcohol Industry/Alcohol Industry funded bodies/ or Representatives of either, for the past 6 months. Business 03/02/2016
 07/01/2016  4 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland on the issues of a) Alcohol health policy (including Minimum Unit Pricing), b) Cross Border Directive, c) The provision of Deep Brain Stimulation facilities d) Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry e) the North South Ministerial Council between 1 February 2015 until November 2105 Journalist 15/02/2016  Refused
 07/01/2016  5 The number of all sick days taken by personnel in the Department of Health  Journalist  01/03/2016  Granted
 08/01/2016  7  All communications between PCRS and other agencies re GMS distance coding payments during decision making process in its removal.  Business  05/02/2016
 11/01/2016  10 All email correspondence to and from Minister Leo Varadkar containing the term ‘chem sex’ (spelt either ‘chem sex’ or ‘chemsex’)between 1 September 2015 and 10 January 2016  Journalist  08/02/2016  Refused
 13/01/2016  11 All research and reports carried out and compiled by the Department of Health in relation to a sugar tax. Journalist  04/02/2016  Granted
 13/01/2016  12 All  correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Finance in relation to a mooted sugar tax in the last 24 months.  Journalist  02/02/2016  Granted
 13/01/2016  13 All correspondence between Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister Michael Noonan in relation to a mooted tax on sugar.  Journalist  02/02/2016  Granted
 13/01/2016  14 All memorandums received by the Secretary General from the chairs of the seven hospital groups in 2014 and 2015 and any responses to any such memos  Journalist  16/02/2016  Refused
 14/01/2016  15 Spend by the department on hiring photographers in each of the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and for the first two weeks of 2016 including a list of the events at which an external photographer was engaged including the contract price, a description of the event and a record of which, if any, Minister attended.
Spend by the department on makeup, hair styling, other beauty products and the hiring of any supplier of these services in each of the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and for the first two weeks of 2016 including a list of the events /media engagements for which makeup, hair styling or other beauty industry service was engaged including the contract price, a description of the event and a record of which, if any, Minister or department official utilised the service.
 Journalist  03/03/2016  Refused
 14/01/2016  16 All current / active warrants of appointment or certificates of appointment which have issued by, or on behalf of, the Minister to people to serve on bodies under the aegis of the Department.
I would like this to include the address for service for each appointee that is typically captured along with the recipient’s name at the top of each letter.
 Journalist 11/02/2016
 19/01/2016  19 All records held by your Department relating to Irish Cancer Society decision to cut financial aid payments, the subsequent controversy and remarks by Minister Varadkar where he urged continued support for the ICS.  Journalist 29/02/2016  Part Granted
 20/01/2016  20 Copy of documentation drawn up by the Department of Health for meetings of the senior officials group on health since 01 July 2015  Journalist 12/02/2016  Refused
 20/01/2016  21 Correspondence between the HSE and the Department of Health since 01 May 2015 regarding the terms of reference, commissioning and operation of the investigation into the safety, quality and standards of services provided by the HSE to patients in the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.  Journalist  17/02/2016
 22/01/2016  22 All correspondence between Outdoor Media Association, and PR agencies on their behalf, in 2014 and 2015 with Department of Health officials and the Minister Leo Varadkar, as well as any replies.  Journalist  19/02/2016
 26/01/2016  24 Briefing documents and/or reports sent to the Department of Health and/or the Health Minister by the HSE regarding situations relevant to the National Consent Policy and pregnancy since it was implemented in 2014. All correspondence sent between any public hospital and legal firms working for a public hospital whether in a consultancy or full-time role, and the Department of Health and/or the Health Minister on the subject of the National Consent Policy and pregnancy during 2014, 2015 and 2016 to date.  Journalist  23/02/2016
 26/01/2016  25  All correspondence to and from the Department of Health on the subject of a sugar tax to include all correspondence from industry on the matter;* Minutes from all SAGO meetings in 2015;  All correspondence with fizzy drinks manufacturers and chocolate or confectionery manufacturers in 2015 to include Coca Cola, Cadburys and Cantrell and Cochrane.  Journalist  22/02/2016  Granted
 27/01/2016  26 All correspondence from 01 October 2015 to date between the HSE and the Department of Health/Minister for Health; the National Cancer Control Programme and the Department of Health/Minister for Health and between Department of Health officials and the Minister for Health regarding the appointment of a second breast cancer surgeon at Letterkenny General Hospital and representations received by the Minister on this matter.  Journalist  11/03/2016  Part Granted
 27/01/2016  27  All correspondence to/from Minister Varadkar/department officials on the subject of the 2015 Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI).  Journalist  24/02/2016
 28/01/2016  28 All correspondence from November 2015 – 20 January 2016 concerning the HSE service Plan.   Media  26/02/2016  Part Granted
 28/01/2016  29 Copies of all correspondence received by the Department of Health regarding Open Disclosure since January 1, 2014.  Copies of all material and memorandum circulated to Cabinet by Leo Varadkar related to Open Disclosure.  Journalist  25/02/2016
 28/01/2016  30 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and Director General of the HSE, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Taoiseach since September 1, 2015. All correspondence between the Secretary General of the Department of Health and the Director General of the HSE since September 1, 2015.  Journalist  25/02/2016
 28/01/2016  31 All letter(s) of sanction (received in 2015 and 2016) from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  Journalist  01/03/2016  Part Granted
 28/01/2016  32 All correspondence related to the price, reimbursement and/or approval of existing and/or new medicines from the Department of Health Primary Care Policy Unit to the HSE Primary Care Division since the beginning of September 2015.  Journalist  25/02/2016
 28/01/2016  33 All records concerning the delivery of an apology to a client or clients of WIDA in the South East area. Included in this I wish to request records relating to contacts between local staff in the South East. All records of contact between the Department of Health and the HSE, and staff and managers in the South East on this issue.  Media 23/03/2016  Part Granted
 28/01/2016  34 Briefing documents and/or reports sent to the Department of Health and/or the Health Minister by the HSE regarding situations relevant to the National Consent Policy and pregnancy since it was implemented in 2014. Copies of written correspondence between any public hospital, and legal firms working for a public hospital, and the Department of Health and/or the Health Minister on the subject of the National Consent Policy and pregnancy during 2014, 2015, 2016 to date.
Copies of reports, briefings or other written material prepared for the Department of Health and/or the Health Minister by a legal firm on the topic of the National Consent Policy and pregnancy whether as consultants or in a full-time role.  Copies of invoices sent to legal firms by the Department of Health and/ the Minister of Health for work relating to the National Consent Policy and pregnancy.
 Journalist  26/02/2016  Refused
 13/01/2016  35 Copies of all correspondence between Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and previously Minister for Health, James Reilly and the former Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health (Social Care Division), Ms Geraldine Fitzpatrick during the time period from Ms Fitzpatrick’s appointment on 9 July 2012 to the date of her departure from this position.  Journalist  01/03/2016  Part Granted
 01/02/2016  36  All correspondence (including electronic) between the following parties on the area of protected disclosures in the health sector. The correspondence would relate to any aspect of the operation and facilitation of protected disclosures under the Health Act 2007 and the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 including comparability of legislation.- Minister for Health; Ms Frances Spillane, Assistant Secretary; Patient Safety and Quality Unit, Chief Medical Officers Dr Tony Holohan and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Eibhlin Connelly; and the Secretary General.- I also request correspondence (including electronic) between the Minister, Secretary General, Patient Safety and Quality Unit; and Chief Medical Officers Dr Tony Holohan and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Eibhlin Connelly on the same matters with the following parties: HSE Director General, HSE Deputy Director General, HSE Director of Quality Assurance and Verification, HSE Director of Quality Improvement (the two aforementioned roles were formerly the HSE Director of Quality and Patient Safety), Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, HIQA, IMO, INMO and Transparency International.- Lastly I request any internal DOH documents that assess the possible impact of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. The period of the correspondence/documents would be 1 July 2014 to today’s date of 1 February 2016.  Journalist  29/02/2016  Part Granted
 02/02/2016  37 Correspondence between the Chief Medical Officer and the Health Minister/Secretary General between June and December 2015. (not “housekeeping” records re meetings etc).  Journalist  01/03/2016
 03/02/2016  38 A copy of the report prepared by Dr Ann Hope and commissioned by the Department of Health in respect of an alcohol literature review which is referred to in the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015.
A copy of any appendices or annexes to the report by Dr Hope and/or any further information or material provided by Dr Hope to the Department in the context of the brief/commission.
A copy of the commission brief and related records detailing the scope, content and objective of the commissioned research including any correspondence or other records created in the course of the work regarding the nature of the commission/ research.
 Business  15/03/2016  Part Granted
 03/02/2016  39 Correspondence between the Secretary General and 1) Health Minister and 2) Secretary General on the establishment of hospital groups between October 2015 and January 2016  Journalist  17/02/2016  Refused
 03/02/2016  40 Diary of the Minister for the period of 1 June 2015 to 2 February 201
Diary of MOS Lynch for the period of 1 June 2015 to 2 February 2016 inclusive
 Public  03/03/2016   Refused
 16/12/2015  41 All documentation  as to why a canopy, in March 2015, was changed to a less substantial canopy in October 2015 without any engagement with the Ambulance Service  Public  04/02/2016  Refused
 05/02/2016  42 All representations made by the foster father of the woman known as ‘Grace’ in 1996. I also wish to request, under FOI, all internal correspondence in relation to the representations from 1996 and all responses to the representations.  Journalist  23/03/2016  Part Granted
 08/02/2016  43 Details of all pension packages, severance packages and redundancy packages signed off or sanctioned by the Department of Health which were paid to staff of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) since 2009.  Public  10/02/2016   Refused
 09/02/2016  44 Copies of all correspondence to and from the Minister for Health, and any Ministers of State at the Department, regarding the foster home run by XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, between the dates of January 1, 1995 and December 31, 1996.  Media  23/03/2016  Refused
 09/02/2016  45  1) The appointments diary of the Minister for 2015.  2) The log of non-personal FOI requests received in 2015.  Journalist  10/03/2016  Refused
 10/02/2016  47 All communications between Services for Older People’s Unit in the Department of Health and Peamount Hospital during 2000 and 2010.  Business  09/03/2016  Granted
 11/02/2016  49 Copy of report submitted by the HSE to the Minister for Health regarding the case of Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed, following the recent Medical Council hearing.  Journalist  16/03/2016  Part Granted
 15/02/2016  50 Spend by the department on catering in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the name of the companies who provided the services, how much each of them was paid and the total number of meetings/events which required catering for each year.  Journalist  14/03/2016  Granted
 15/02/2016  51 Spend on taxis in 2011/12/13/14/15 broken down by year, the name of the companies who provided the services to the Department and how much each of them was paid, the total number of taxi trips for each year and the purpose of the trips and the top five most expensive taxi trips between 2011 and 2015.  Journalist  14/03/2016
 16/02/2016  52  I request access to records concerning any lobbying or representations to the Minister and Department concerning the proposed introduction of a plain packaging law.  Business  15/03/2016
 16/02/2016  53 Spend on private detective work in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and contracts for such work.  Journalist  14/03/2016  Refused
 18/02/2016  54 ALL DOCUMENTS CREATED SINCE 6TH JANUARY 2016 RELATING TO ENGAGEMENT WITH THE DATA PROTECTION COMMISSIONER REGARDING THE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH IDENTIFIERS (IHI) AND THE EHEALTH PROJECT AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION.ALL DOCUMENTS CREATED SINCE 6TH JANUARY 2016 RELATING TO ASSESSMENT(S) OF RISK RELATING TO THE IHI PROJECT AND THE EHEALTH PROJECT.  Business  22/03/2016   Granted
 26/01/2016  55 All correspondence between Minister Leo Varadkar/Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and those listed below since October 1, 2015.
1) Senator John Kelly
2) Staff at Roscommon Hospital
3) Fine Gael Councillor Maura Hopkins.
 Journalist 08/03/2016   Part Granted
 22/02/2016  57 A breakdown and description of artwork currently held by the Department. All records relating to the valuation of artwork currently held by the Department. All records relating to the sale of any artwork held by the Department between 09/03/2011– 22/02/2016.  Journalist  21/03/2016  Granted
 22/02/2016  58 Payments made to external communications and public relations companies employed by the Department between the dates 9/3/2011 – 22/2/2016 and a description of work carried out.  Journalist  22/03/2016
 22/02/2016  59 Completed Poverty Impact assessments (PIA’s) from 2011 to the present relating to the prescription levy for medical card holders.  I also request any correspondence relating to these PIAs to/from the Offices of the Minister.   Public  29/04/2016  Refused
 23/02/2016  60 Complaints made to the Department by members of the public in which the person complaining is specifically discussing an experience in an emergency department from 1 February 2015 up to 22 February 2016.  Journalist  18/03/2016 Refused
 24/02/2016  61 All correspondence relating to the deferral by An Bord Pleanala in February this year of its decision on the planning application for a new National Children’s Hospital Journalist  01/04/2016  Granted
 24/02/2016  62 All correspondence between January 1st 2015 and the present date relating to the use and/or disposal of dental amalgam Journalist  01/04/2016  Part Granted
 26/02/2016  63 1. The ‘Individual Health Identifier-Proposed Way Forward’ draft
2. Departments work on proposals for a Health Identifier.
3. All heads of the Health Identifiers Bill
4. All subheads of the
5. All offence heads of the
6. All heads of the HIB
7. Section 2 of the HIB
8. Subsection (g) (iii) (I) and (II) of the
9. New paragraph (III) to be added to (g) (iii) of the
10. Section 2 (1) of the HI Act 2014
 Business  22/04/2016  Part Granted
 29/02/2016  64 All correspondences between the Department of Health and the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies regarding the allocation process for training posts from 1st February 2015 until Dec 31st 2015.  Oireachtas  15/03/2016  Refused
29/2/2016 65 All correspondence to and from the Department of Health regarding the proposed new National Maternity Hospital to be built on the campus of St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin in 2015. Journalist 01/04/2016
 02/03/2016  66 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Departments of An Taoiseach; of Finance; of Public Expenditure and Reform; and the Health Insurance Authority between 12 October 2015 and 18 November 2015 with regard to the Introduction of Universal Health Insurance  Oireachtas  07/04/2016  Part Granted
 03/03/2016  67 Correspondence between the Department and GSK in relation to the introduction of a vaccine for Meningitis B since the start of 2015. Please include any records relating to the meeting between Liam Cullen from GSK and Brian Murphy, Special Advisor (Department of Health), in late 2015.  Journalist  06/04/2016 Granted
 04/03/2016  68 All correspondence from the Department of Health’s primary care policy unit to the HSE Primary Care Division related to/or referenced new drug approvals since April 2015.  Journalist  06/04/2016
 04/03/2016  69 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the independent assessor to the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme, Judge Maureen Harding Clark, from 1st September 2015 to date.  All correspondence to and from the secretary general’s office in relation to the proposed destruction of records associated with the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme from December 2015 to date.  A copy of the Department of Health’s data retention schedule  Journalist  06/04/2016  Part Granted
 04/03/2016  70 All correspondence between Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, since he was appointed in July 2014, with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin and with nursing unions about the increase of the rate of pay for the clinical nursing/ midwifery placement undertaken by student nurses and midwives in the 4th year of their degree programme.  Public  06/04/2016  Part Granted
 07/03/2016  72 Minutes and agendas of all corporate governance meetings held between the Department and bodies under its aegis from January 1 2015 to the present day.  Journalist  07/04/2016
 09/03/2016  73 All correspondence received by the Department from the Outdoor Media Association since September 1, 2015 and any responses issued to that correspondence. Copies of any notes or minutes from any meetings which took place between the Department and the Outdoor Media Association since September 1, 2015. Copies of any internal correspondence discussing the merits of matters raised by the Outdoor Media Association in said correspondence and meetings.  Journalist  11/04/2016
 09/03/2016  74 All communications engaged upon either internally at the Department of Health including other statutory bodies coming under its remit or with other external bodies, both national or international, initiated or received by any Officials at the Department of Health regarding the SCHER Report (2011) from 1st September 2015 until 8th March 2016.  PUBLIC  11/04/2016  Part Granted
 10/03/2016  75 All correspondence between the Minister for Health, Secretary General, Professional Regulation Unit, Governance and Clinical Indemnity Unit, Patient Safety and Quality Unit, Office of the Chief Medical Officers and Director of Clinical Effectiveness on any issue connected with doctors failing to meet their legal continuing professional competence requirements and difficulties/issues monitoring same from 10 March 2014 – 10 March 2016 . I also request correspondence between the above parties in the first paragraph and the following on the same issues: Irish Medical Council; HSE Director General; HSE Director of Quality and Patient Safety (now HSE Director of Quality Improvement/HSE Director of Quality Assurance and Verification); HSE Director of Acute Hospitals; HSE Director of National Doctors Training and Planning (formerly HSE MET); HSE Director of HR; IMO; IHCA; State Claims Agency; Medical Protection Society; and Medisec for the same period  Journalist  15/04/2016  Granted
 11/03/2016  76 All correspondence between the Department of Health Officials, and the Secretary General and Minister for Health, on the ” RURAL PRACTICE ALLOWANCE” issue since February 1, 2016.  Media  13/04/2016
 14/03/2016  77 All records in relation to the Deed of Indemnity and Trust dated 1997 between Clonboy Limited, Congregation of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, the NEHB and the Minister for Health.  Business  05/05/2016  Part Granted
 15/03/2016  78 All correspondence between the director general of the HSE and the Minister/secretary general of the Department of Health regarding the HSE service plan between 01 December 2015 and 31 January 2016.  Journalist  15/04/2016  Part Granted
 15/03/2016  79 All correspondence between the director general of the HSE and the Minister for Health/Secretary General of the Department of Health between 01 January 2016 and 15 March 2016  Journalist  27/04/2016  Part Granted
 16/03/2016  80 All correspondence between 1 February 2016 and 26 February 2016 within the Department of Health with regard to changes to the Rural Practice Allowance for General Practitioners Oireachtas  18/04/2016
 16/03/2016  81 All correspondence with Minister Varadkar in relation to the proposed “sugar tax” or “sugary drinks tax” since the start of 2015. I am particularly interested in copies of any lobbying from soft drinks companies or their representatives, including IBEC and Food / Drink Industry Ireland.  Journalist 21/04/2016  Granted
 21/03/2016  82 All communications between the Department of Health press office and the office of the symphysiotomy redress scheme for 2016 to date  Journalist  20/04/2016
 21/03/2016  83 All communications between the Department’s clinical indemnity unit and the office of the symphysiotomy redress scheme for February and March 2016.  Journalist  22/04/2016  Granted
 21/03/2016  84 All records relating to the press query below directed to the Department of Health press office on Friday, March 18th last. Subject: Urgent weekend press query for the assessor of the Symphysiotomy Redress Scheme  Journalist  20/04/2016  Granted
 21/03/2016  85 All communications between the Department’s clinical indemnity unit and the office of the symphysiotomy redress scheme for February and March 2016.  Journalist  20/04/2016
 21/03/2016  86 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Director General of the Health Service Executive between 16 December 2015 and 14 March 2016 with regard to the budgetary and financial position of the Health Service Executive.  Oireachtas  19/04/2016  Granted
 21/03/2016  87 All correspondence received by the Department of Health from the European Commission relating to the Cross Border Healthcare Directive from the enforcement date of the Directive to the current date.  Oireachtas  25/04/2016  Granted
 29/03/2016  88 All records held by your Department relating to Minister Michael Noonan and his handling of claims of abuse in a foster setting in the South East of Ireland during the 1990s (the case referred to in the media as Grace)from 1 January 2015 to date.  Journalist  26/04/2016
 29/03/2016  89 A list of all reports commissioned, in progress, or finalised by your Department in 2015,- cost of all such reports where available- a list of all consultancy commissioned or in progress for the calendar year 2015; and- the cost of such consultancy where available.  Journalist  26/04/2016  Granted