FOI Log July – Sept 2014

Date of Request

Our Ref

Summary of Request

Applicant  Details

Decision Date

Decision Made

03/07/2014

114

All correspondence between the Department of Health, the office of the Minister James Reilly and the HSE on the HSE Budget from 01/03/14 – 03/07/14.

Niall O’Connor,

Irish Independent

31/07/2014

Granted

03/07/2014

115

All correspondence between the office of Health Minister James Reilly and the office of Minister for State with responsibility for Primary Care Alex White re: Medical Cards from 01/01/2014 – 03/07/14.

Niall O’Connor,

Irish Independent

31/07/2014

Refused

03/07/2014

116

All correspondence between the office of Health Minister James Reilly, the office of the Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch on the following matter:
  The budget provided for the area of mental health and psychiatric care.
from 01/01/2014 – 03/07/14

Niall O’Connor,

Irish Independent

31/07/2014

Refused

03/07/2014

117

All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on Universal Health Insurance from 01/09/2013 – 03/07/14.

Niall O’Connor,

Irish Independent

31/07/2014

Part Granted

03/07/2014

118

All correspondence since January from the HSE and others to the Department of Health on discretionary medical cards.

Eilish O’Regan

Irish Independent

03/10/2014

Part Granted

09/10/2014

119

As a result of standardised packaging, records from 01 June 2012 re:

1.  Effects on competition between tobacco brands.
2.  Potential consequences in the market for tobacco products
3.  Consideration of effect on consumer preferences between brands, impact arising from down-trading and impact on trade in tobacco products within the State and/or into the State from within the European Union
4.  Consideration of potential changes in pattern of retail purchases
5.  Consideration of the likely effects on the wholesale market/distribution chain.

Matheson Solicitors

 

09/10/2014

120

Plain Packaging

 

Matheson Solicitors

31/07/2014

Withdrawn

09/10/2014

121

Plain Packaging

 

Matheson Solicitors

31/07/2014

Withdrawn

09/10/2014

122

Plain Packaging

 

Matheson Solicitors

31/07/2014

Withdrawn

03/07/2014

124

All correspondence from 1 January, 2013 received by the Department from the Law Society/legal profession regarding proposals to legislate for plain packaging for tobacco products.

Ruadhán MacCormaic

Irish Times

18/11/2014

Granted

08/07/2014

125

Briefing material prepared for the Secretary General’s appearance at the Public Accounts Committee on June 12th, 2014.

Carl O’Brien

The Irish Times

 

06/08/2014

Part Granted

10/07/2014

126

Copy of the proposed scheme for the registration of dental technicians submitted to the Minister by the Dental Council and a copy of the Minister’s response.

Individual

25/07/2014

Part Granted

10/07/2014

127

High Level Review of Maternity Services in the West / Northwest Hospitals Group
1. Preparation of the Terms of Reference for the preparation of the Report
2. Correspondence between the Department/HSE and the Health Partnership
3. Correspondence between the West Northwest Hospital Group, the HSE, the Department of Health and the Minister for Health
4. Procurement of the Health Partnership
5. All correspondence between the West Northwest Hospital Group, CEO, Bill Maher and former WNWHG chairman, Noel Daly and between Mr Tony O’Brien, HSE and Minister Reilly and either Mr Maher or Mr Daly.
6. All correspondence re: the seeking of the resignation of Mr. Daly or the resignation itself.

Senator Marc Mac Sharry

11/08/2014

Part Granted

11/07/2014

128

All records relating to the resignation of Noel Daly as chairman of the West / North West Hospital Group.

Paul Farrell

The Phoenix

11/08/2014

Part Granted

 

11/07/2014

129

Reports drawn up by the Department of Health’s Internal Audit unit since 01/09/2013

Martin Wall

Irish Times

11/08/2014

Part Granted

11/07/2014

130

Copy of the findings of the survey carried out in 2012 by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on experience and qualifications in the Department of Health.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

08/08/2014

Granted

11/07/2014

131

Submissions by Fianna Fail Deputy Billy Kelleher and all records in relation to submissions from other parties re: the Health Identifiers Bill 2013.

Elaine Edwards

Irish Times

11/08/2014

Part Granted

15/07/2014

132

Briefing documents prepared for the newly appointed Minister for Health on assuming the role in 2014.

Pamela Duncan

Irish Times

09/09/2014

Withdrawn

15/07/2014

133

All submissions made in response to the Public Consultation on the Draft General Scheme for Advance Healthcare Directives from incorporation into the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill.

Individual

28/08/2014

Part Granted

18/07/2014

134

All records relating to funding of Clonakility CoAction during lifetime of current Government. 

Ken Foxe

RTE

13/08/2014

Granted

17/07/2014

135

Any correspondence with the OPW in 2013 and 2014 in relation to the future of Hawkins House.

Colin Coyne

Sunday Times

14/08/2014

Granted

 

21/07/2014

136

Copies of all submissions made by individuals and organisations to the Department of Health on the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

26/09/2014

Part Granted

21/07/2014

137

Correspondence between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Health regarding the contract and pay arrangements for the chief executive of the group of hospitals in the West/North-West.
Review carried out by the D/Health on the contract of the CEO of this group Correspondence between the D/Health and DPER regarding this review.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

19/08/2014

Part Granted

24/09/2014

138

A business case to the Department of Health from the Irish Medical Council requesting the creation of six case officer posts. 

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

21/08/2014

Part Granted

28/07/2014

141

Correspondence relating to UHI and contact between the D/Health and all other Departments and the HSE between 1 May 2014 to date on this matter.

Colm O Mongain

RTE

26/08/2014

Part Granted

31/07/2014

142

Plan drawn up by St James’ Hospital as requested by the supplement to Professor Dolphins Report and Minister Reilly on sites for the Children’s Hospital.

Johnatan Irwin

Jack & Jill Foundation

06/08/2014

Referrals

06/08/2014

143

List of all monies given by the Department of Health to the IMO since 2003.

Jennifer Bray

Irish Daily Mail

26/08/2014

Granted

11/08/2014

144

All records which relate to the decision to carry out a Client Protection Audit of Intellectual Disability Services by the HSE Disability Services.

All correspondence between the D/Health and the HSE from January 2007 and August 2015 in this regard.

Janet Traynor

RTE

15/09/2014

Refused

12/08/2014

145

Copy of review of Financial Emergency Measure in the Public Interest Regulations (FEMPI) carried out by the Department of Health in June 2014.
Reports and recommendations drawn up by Department of Health officials as part of this review.
Copy of any external submissions received in relation to the review.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

09/09/2014

Granted

29/08/2014

146

Correspondence received by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar in the first 10 days of his appointment.

Pamela Duncan

Irish Times

02/10/2014

Part Granted

13/08/2014

147

All correspondence to and from the Minister for Health re: plans for plain packaging of tobacco products in Ireland.

Juno McEnroe

Irish Examiner

10/09/2014

 

18/07/2014

148

All briefing document for Minister Varadkar since his appointment
All briefing documents given to Minister Varadkars’ advisor Brian Murphy since Mr. Varadkar was appointed Minister for Health.

Susan Mitchell

Sunday Business Post

14/09/2014

Admin Access

13/08/2014

149

All briefing documents provided to the new Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar.

Shane Phelan

Irish Independent

04/09/2014

Withdrawn

15/08/2014

150

Minutes of the Pandemic Influenza Expert Group meetings / documents circulated at those meetings between September 2013 and July 2014.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

11/09/2014

Granted

15/08/2014

151

Requesting access to all records from 1 January 2014 – 29 July 2014, of the 19/08/2014 tender evaluation process for design Team Services which was managed by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board.

Simon O’Brien

Homan O’Brien

10/09/2014

Refused

19/08/2014

152

Records re: the remuneration, selection, appointment and instructions given to Prof Hammond in his preparation of a Report re: tobacco control measures. Also a copy of the Patti Report and any associated documents.

Matheson Solicitors

11/09/2014

Withdrawn

21/08/2014

153

Any reference to the introduction of a nominal fee for Health Services in the delivery of Universal GP Care/Free GP Care for U 6’s from 01/01/2013 – 20/08/2014.

Catherine Shanahan

Irish Examiner

18/09/2014

Part Granted

21/08/2014

154

Correspondence for the period 01/05/2014 to 20/08/2014 relating to Dr Ambrose McLoughlin’s move to the Healthy Ireland Initiative

Catherine Shanahan

Irish Examiner

17/09/2014

Part Granted

21/08/2014

155

All correspondence from June 2012 – November 2013 between the Department of Health and the D/E,C&LG regarding the provision of water charges.

David Lynch

Medical Independent

18/09/2014

Part Granted

26/08/2014

156

Documents/letters to Health Minister Leo Varadkar from tobacco firms or lobbyists since his appointment.

Pertina Vousden

Irish Daily Mail

02/10/2014

Part Granted

27/08/2014

157

All correspondence to/from the Minister for Health on the  issue of exposure to debt among Graduate Entry Medical Students and keeping Graduate Entry Medical Students in Irish healthcare post-graduation.

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

24/09/2014

Part Granted

02/09/2014

158

All evidence re: whether standardised packaging for tobacco products will allow consumers to distinguish tobacco products from competitor products.
All records re: consideration of whether standardised packaging will affect the ability of trademarks to act as a “guarantee” as to quality of the tobacco products.

Matheson Solicitors

11/09/2014

Withdrawn

05/09/2014

159

Briefs prepared for Minister Varadkar, on his appointment to the post.

Mary Regan

Irish Examiner

05/09/2014

Withdrawn

16/09/2014

160

All documents relating to the Mediated Employment Termination Agreement negotiated with Philip Garland and the HSE on 13 December 2012 and 28 March 2013.

Individual

14/10/2014

Part Granted

19/09/2014

161

Copy of report held by the D/Health re: the future of Sacred Heart Hospital, Mayo between March 2011 and current date
Correspondence between the Department and the Taoiseach’s Office relating to the Sacred Heart Hospital in same period
Copies of any representations made to the Department re: the Sacred Heart Hospital in same period
Records relating to the HSE West priority list for residential care.

Ken Foxe

RTE

17/10/2014

Part Granted

10/10/2014

162

Copies of all correspondence from organisations/clinicians to CMO, Tony Holohan, and between Dr. Holohan and the Secretary General of the D/Health, concerning the Protection of life during Pregnancy Bill and Act, from 1 January 2014 to 10 October 2014.
All correspondence between the CMO and Secretary General on the matter of insufficient access for residents of Ireland to abortion services in the UK.

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

09/02/2015

Part Granted

18/09/2014

163

Briefing material prepared for the new Secretary General of the D/Health
Correspondence between the chairman of HIQA and the Minister for Health since 01 June 2014.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

17/10/2014

Part Granted

18/09/2014

164

Correspondence between the chairman of the VHI and the Minister for Health since 01 June 2014.

Martin Wall

Irish Times

16/10/2014

Part Granted

24/09/2014

165

Records re D/Health staff to include the total number of (WTE) staff, average age of staff, number of staff in the department by decade e.g., 20’s, 30’s etc., gender breakdown, gender breakdown in each grade, number of staff in each different pay grade, total bill for overtime in 2013 (including contractors), number of employees/contractors who received overtime, rate of absenteeism n 2013, number of staff on the pre-95 pension, number of staff that received remuneration exceeding €80K, €100K, €120K in 2013, number of staff that resigned from the department in 2013, number of staff hired by the department in 2013.

Colette Sexton

Sunday Business Post

28/10/2014

Granted

24/09/2014

166

Records re: the development of the National Children’s Hospital circulated to the Minister for Health and Senior Officials Jim Breslin, Fergal Lynch, Fergal Goodman and Tracey Conroy since he took up his portfolio last month. 
All correspondence, reports and documents and other information relating to suitability of the site of the National Children’s Hospital, either requested by or given to the Minister for Health since he took up office.

Maeve Sheehan

Sunday Independent

20/11/2014

Part Granted

24/09/2014

167

Minister’s diary listing appointments, meets and phone calls since he took up office.

Maeve Sheehan

Sunday Independent

23/10/2014

Part Granted

24/09/2014

168

Submissions to the new Minister for Health from professional groups, from other Ministers and politicians, since he took office last month.

Maeve Sheehan

Sunday Independent

23/10/2014

Part Granted

24/09/2014

169

All correspondence exchanged between the new Minister for Health and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, since the former took office.

Maeve Sheehan

Sunday Independent

23/10/2014

Refused

25/09/2014

171

All correspondence sent/received by D/Health from 1 January, 2012 to 25 September, 2014 re: the profile of doctors who are most commonly the subject of complaints that reach the Preliminary Proceedings Committee at the Medical Council, and those who come before the Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee.

Catherine Reilly

Medical Independent

14/10/2014

Refused

10/06/20145

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.
Records of any meetings, involving pharmaceutical companies or persons acting on their behalf on the issue of generic drugs and reference pricing since March, 2011.

Conor Ryan

18/06/2014

Withdrawn

22/05/2014

91

All correspondence received in Minister James Reillys’ Office (Private Office, Constituency Office, Press Office etc.), from Dublin North, since March, 2011 in relation to the dispersal of funds from the National Lottery Discretionary Fund.  All responses to such correspondence.

Ferghal Blaney

19 June 2014

Admin Release

23/04/2014

81

I would like the minutes of all meetings of the UHI implementation group since it was set up, and minutes of all bilateral meetings between ministers / officials from the Department of Health and other departments which were held with the specific intention of discussing the implementation and / or development of UHI.
I would like all correspondence in the last 12 months between officials in the Department of Health and other Departments specifically concerning the development and / or implementation of UHI.

Sarah McInerney

Sunday Times

26/11/2014

Part Granted