FOI Log Oct – Dec 2014

Date of Request Our Ref Summary of Request Applicant Details Decision Date Decision Made
 01/10/2014  172 Copies of records indicating the identity of each individual appointment by the minister to a state board since March 1, 2011, the body they were appointed to, the remuneration attached to the appointment and the duration of the appointment. Records indicating whether or not the appointed person applied for the role. A copy of the curriculum vitae submitted by the individual appointed.  Shane PhelanIrish Independent  03/11/2014  Part Granted
 29/10/2014  173  All correspondence received by, or circulated within, the Department of Health between 15/02/2013 and 02/04/2014 with regard to the introduction of universal health insurance and the White Paper published.  Declan RyanFianna Fail Research Office
 01/10/2014  174 All correspondence received by, or circulated within, the Department of Health from the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform between 11/07/ 2014 and 11/09/2014 with regard to the appointment of a Secretary General to the Department of Health.  Declan Ryan, Fianna Fail Research Office  13/11/2014 Refused
 30/09/2014  175 A list of all commercial flights taken by former Health Minister Dr James Reilly and his Junior Ministers from 0/03/2011 to 01/06/2014.  Catherine Halloran,Irish Daily Star  29/10/2014  Granted
 02/10/2014  176  All communications to date within the Department of Health in connection with the Miss Y case both before and after the court application. All communications between the Minister for Health and officials in the Department of Health concerning the Miss Y case.  Brian Dowling, RTE
 13/10/2014  178  All documents between the Department of Health and the VHI from 1 January 2014 until 1 October 2014. A copy of all reports produced by the Department of Health or from external consultants about the VHI since 1 January 2013 until 1 October 2014. Report on “Options for Rebalancing the Irish Private Health Insurance Market” produced by Goodbody Stockbrokers and Matheson Ormsby Prentice Solicitors.  Teresa Kelly Oroz, Glohealth  12/12/2014  Part Granted
 28/10/2014  179 Each and every record or document passing between any Minister, Junior Minister or Official of these Offices at the Department of Health and Children forwarded by a third party and Ms. Geraldine Luddy, Principal Officer, Social Inclusion Unit, Department of Health or Dr. Declan Bedford, Chairman of the Committee established to prepare guidelines on the implementation of the PLDP Act, 2013 from 01/07/204 to 22/09/2014  Individual
 16/10/2014  180  The minutes for all meetings of the working group established to prepare guidelines on the implementation of the PLDP Act, 2013 from 01/09/2013 to 22/09/ 2014.  Individual  14/11/2014  Granted
 16/10/2014  181  Copy of submissions received by the Department of Health from the HSE, including correspondence from the director general, in relation to the estimates process for 2015. Copy of briefing material drawn up for the Minister for Health for his bilateral meeting with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the 2015 Budget.  Martin WallIrish Times  12/11/2014  Refused
 14/10/2014  182 All correspondence from persons/organisations who are lobbying the Irish Government in regard to blocking the introduction of the standardised packaging legislation, from 01/01/ 2014 to present.  Brid Leahy, Ash Ireland  28/11/2014  Part Granted
 16/10/2014  183 All correspondence from 01/01/14 – 31/08/14 between the CMO and the DG of the HSE and any others regarding the provision of water charges.  David Lynch, Medical Independent
 23/10/2014  184  Correspondence between the office of An Taoiseach and the Minister for Health since 01 July 2014.Correspondence between the Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection and the Minister for Health since 01 July 2014.Correspondence between the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation and the Minister for Health since 01 July 2014.  Martin Wall,Irish Times  11/12/2014  Admin Access
 23/10/2014  185  Copy of correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform since 01 June 2014, regarding the employment control framework for the HSE  Martin Wall, Irish Times  21/11/2014  Part Granted
 23/10/2014  186 Copy of correspondence between the Department of Health and the president of the Nursing and Midwifery Board since 01 January 2014.  Martin Wall, Irish Times  21/11/2014  Part Granted
 23/10/2014  187  Records exchanged between the D/PER, D/Health, D/Taoiseach and the HSE as part of the joint monitoring committee for the health service since 1 January, 2014.  Martin Wall, Irish Times  12/12/2014  Part Granted
 23/10/2014  188 Correspondence between the secretary general of the Department of Health and the Director General of the HSE since 01 September 2014.  Martin Wall, Irish Times  21/11/2014  Part Granted
 29/10/2014  189  Correspondence between the Minister for Health, the Secretary General (DoH) and the Director General of the HSE since July 11th 2014.  Fergal Bowers, RTE  28/11/2014  Part Granted
 29/10/2014  190 Correspondence between the Secretary General of DOH and the Secretary General of DPER since 6 October, 2014.  Fergal Bowers, RTE  02/12/2014  Granted
29/10/2014  191 Correspondence between the Department of Health and the Medical Council since January 2014 in relation to the Medical Practitioners Act Fergal Bowers
RTE
 02/12/2014  Part Granted
 31/10/2014  192 Correspondence between the Department and Ivor Fitzpatrick & Co Solicitors as to costs connected to its representation of the hepatitis C support group Positive Action in the preparation and drafting of the hepatitis C insurance scheme  Pamela Duncan, Irish Times  27/11/2014  Granted
 31/10/2014  193 Memorandums prepared for Government detailing the decision to extend the scope of the Hep C/HIV compensation tribunal. Documents setting out the projected costs for the extension of the tribunal. Observations received on the proposal ahead of the extension to the scope of the Hep C/HIV compensation tribunal  Pamela DuncanIrish Times  28/01/2015  Part Granted
 03/10/2014  194  All correspondences within the Department of Health and from and to The Department arising from a letter received by the CMO of the Department from the Master of the Rotunda Sam-Coulter Smith in early October. This letter detailed a new phenomenon whereby women are having abortions carried out abroad, but having the second “half” of the abortion, i.e. the stillbirth, carried out in the maternity units in Ireland. Jennifer Bray, Irish Daily Mail  12/02/2015  Part Granted
 04/11/2014  195 Minutes of all meetings of the Healthy Ireland Council of Ireland since it was set up.  Eilish O’Regan, Irish Independent  12/11/2014  Admin Access
 04/11/2014  196  Minutes of all meetings of the Special Action Group on Obesity from February 2014 to the present.  Eilish O’Regan, Irish Independent  01/12/2014  Granted
 05/11/2014  197  A copy of the official diaries of Minister for Health Mr Leo Varadkar  and from July 2014 – August 2014 and for the Minister of State Ms Kathleen Lynch from January 2014 – August 2014.  David Lynch,Medical Independent  05/12/2014  Part Granted
 05/11/2014  198  All correspondence between the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre from July 2014 until October 2014 inclusive.  David Lynch, Medical Independent 25/11/2014  Refused
 06/11/2014  200  A copy of the Health Insurance Authority Report to the Minister on Risk Equalisation in the Irish Private Health Insurance Market.  Teresa Kelly Oroz, GloHealth  04/12/2014  Refused
 04/11/2014  201  Copy of the most recent up-date from HSE regarding the level of savings projected to be realised from measures under the Haddington Road agreement in 2014.  Martin Wall,l Irish Times  01/12/2014  Granted
 04/11/2014  202 Correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the most recent financial report on expenditure in HSE  Martin Wall, Irish Times 28/11/2014  Part Granted
 12/01/2015  203  How much was provided by the Department of Health to the Irish Medical Organisation Companies a) MYGP.IE Limited, b) IRISH MEDICAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES  Fergal Bowers, RTE
 11/11/2014  204  Documents related to Ireland’s choice of the 14 EU prescribed anti smoking graphic images chosen for use in Ireland.  Individual  14/01/2015  Part Granted
 11/11/2014  205  All records which show any consideration of the likely effects of the proposed introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products on the ability of tobacco companies to launch new products, brands or variants in the Irish market.  Individual 19/12/2014 Part Granted
 12/11/2014  206  Records held by the Department of Health on the availability of epi-pens for emergencies.  Alan O’Keeffe, Irish Independent  10/12/2014  Part Granted
 13/11/2014  207 All correspondence to/from the Minister of Health from11/11/ 13 to today’s date of 11/11/14 and the following entities: – Director of Quality and Patient Safety, HSE, – National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office, HSE, – National Organ Transplant Advisory group, – Organ Procurement Service, – Clinical leads of Ireland’s three Transplant Centres (St Vincent’s University Hospital; the Mater Hospital; Beaumont Hospital) on issues pertaining to: Safety and quality in the transportation of organs including provision and operation of aero-medical transport.  Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent  10/12/2014  Refused
 13/11/2014  208  All correspondence to/from the Chief Medical Officer and the Head of Cancer, Blood and Organs Policy unit with the following entities: – Director of Quality and Patient Safety, HSE, – Director of Acute Hospitals, HSE, – National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office, HSE, – National Organ Transplant Advisory group, – Organ Procurement Service, – Clinical leads of Ireland’s three Transplant Centres (St Vincent’s University Hospital; the Mater Hospital; Beaumont Hospital), – Patient organisationsOn issues pertaining to: -Safety and quality in the donation and transplantation process
– Safety and quality in the transportation of organs, – Formulation and implementation of policy to encourage more donations, – Donation and Transplantation rates in 2014
Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent  18/12/2014  Granted
 17/11/2014  209  Details of all laptops, mobile phones and other electronic devices registered to the Department that has been stolen during the period 01/01/12 – 17/11/14.  Niall O’Connor, Irish Independent  05/12/2014  Admin Access
 19/11/2014  210  All correspondence from the beginning of the year to date between the HSE, the Department of Health and the Department of Finance/ Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the establishment of the hospital groups.  James FogartyMedical Independent  05/01/2015  Refused
 20/11/2014  211 All amounts paid by the Department of Health since March 2011 to external contractors for website development including but not limited to branding website design, website development website maintenance and equipment and details of individual protect where applicable.  Brian Byrne, Independent Newspapers  18/12/2014  Granted
 25/11/2014  212  All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the Director-General of the HSE between October 1, 2014 and November 25, 2014 inclusive  Gavan ReillyToday FM  23/12/2014  Part Granted
25/11/2014  213  (A) Copies of all correspondence relating to the visit to the USA by former Minister James Reilly for St Patrick’s Day Events 2014, (specifically expenses incurred, names and titles of Departmental Officials who accompanied the Minister and the Itinerary for the visit.) Eamon Patterson  23/12/2014  Part Granted
 25/11/2014  214 Business cases from HSE seeking approval for existing pay levels for senior managers in voluntary hospitals and section 38 organisations. Letter sent to the Department of Health. Petrina VousdenIrish Daily Mail  26/11/2014  Refused
 26/11/2014  215  All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE/ Department of Social Protection arising out of the finalisation and recommendations of the expert group report on medical cards chaired by Frank Keane.  Eilish O’ReganIrish Independent 22/12/2014  Part Granted
 27/01/2015  216 Documents relating to the symphysiotomy issue covering the period from 1.9.2009 to 6.11.2014 of the terms and conditions of the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme.  Individual
 01/12/2014  217  Minutes of all management advisory committee meetings since 01/03/12 – 0112/14.  Philip Ryan, Irish Independent  08/01/2015  Part Granted
 02/12/2014  218  All correspondence between the Minister for Health  and the DG of the HSE in relation to the National Service Plan 2015 between the 01/10/14 and 27/11/14.  David Lynch, Medical Independent  02/01/2015  Granted
 02/12/2014  219  All correspondences between the Minister for Health and his office with Cardinal Sean Brady (Roman Catholic Church) Archbishops Diarmuid Martin, Michael Neary or Dermot Clifford (Roman Catholic Church) between the dates 1 May 2014 and 1 November 2014 in relation to the PLDP Act. David Lynch,Medical Independent 05/12/2014  Refused
 10/12/2014  221  All correspondence related to funding from 2007 to the present for the FAI, IRFU and GAA from the Department of Health and all agencies and bodies under your control  Kevin Burns, RTE  12/12/2014  Withdrawn
 13/01/2015  222 All correspondence between 28 June 2011 and 10 December 2014 with regard to the implementation of the HSE’s Report of the Working Group on Congregated Settings  Declan RyanFianna Fáil Research Office 03/03/2015  Part Granted
 15/12/2014  223  All information on file relating to symphysiotomy from 1 July 2013 to date.  Individual  22/01/2015  Admin Access
 16/12/2014  224  All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire since August 1, 2014  Fergal Bowers RTE  19/12/2014  Refused
 17/12/2014  225  All correspondences between the Minister for Health and his office with individuals or organisations on the issue of the PLDP Act 2013 between 11/7/14 and 01/11/14. David Lynch
Medical Independent
 17/12/2014  226  All correspondence within/between the Department of Health and third parties relating to the decisions to award/offer “Consultant Category C” contracts by all public hospitals in the country during the period December 2012 to December 2014 inclusive. Paul RyanAdrian Burke Solicitors  16/02/2015  Part Granted
 22/12/2014  227  A breakdown of the expenditure by the Department of Health on the Patient Safety First Initiative during 2014 (1 January – 31 December 2014) including the recipients of funding, the amount received and the purpose of the funding. Catherine ReillyMedical Independent 14/01/2015  Granted
 22/12/2014  228  Decision letter and records for FOI Unit  Martin Wall, The Irish Times  15/01/2015  Granted
 19/12/2014  229  Please supply all documents and emails regarding the inclusion of an entry into the estimates for Budget 2014 that reads “increase in licensing fee for tobacco retailers”, with a provision for a sum of €5 million placed into the income column of the Estimates that were forwarded as part of budget 2014 by the Department of Health to the Department of Finance / Public Expenditure and reform in Autumn 2013.  Vincent Jennings, CSNA  23/01/2015  Part Granted
 22/12/2014  230 Correspondence to and from the Minister for Health and the Chief Medical Officer with one another, the HPRA, the NCPE, HIQA, HSE Director of Quality and Patient Safety and Irish Medical Council on the import to Ireland of exempt medicinal products/compassionate-use medication between 01/01/14 and 19/12/14. Catherine ReillyMedical Independent 22/12/2014  Refused
 19/12/2014  231  At record number 27 of a previous disclosure made by the DOH to this office under FOI/2014/152, an email chain dated between 7 August 2014 and 11 August 2014 was disclosed. We believe the email chain did not end there. Please provide us with all further emails as part of the email chain referred to above or otherwise, together with all attachments sent, in particular the Patti Report.At record number 28 of the FOI Disclosure, a list of reports excluded from consideration by Professor David Hammond was disclosed. Please provide us with all records which refer to and / or evidence the reasons for exclusion from consideration in the Report of the following reports Valerie Shaw
Matheson
 04/02/2015  Part Granted
 17/12/2014  232 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and his office with individuals or organizations on the issue of so called “energy” or “stimulant” drinks from 1 August until 1 December 2014.  David Lynch, Medical Independent 12/01/2015  Granted
 22/12/2014  233 Correspondence to/from the Minister for Health and the CMO with one another, and with the HSE Director General, HSE Director of Patient Quality and Safety, State Claims Agency and National Clinical Programme for Obstetrics and Gynaecology on the issue of oxytocin use in maternity units for the period 01/01/14– 19/12/14. Catherine O’Reilly, Medical Indepenent  03/02/2015  Part Granted
 29/12/2014  234 A list of external cleaning companies that the Department have hired out to carry out works on behalf of the Department in the timeframe of 1st January 2013 to 24th December 2014 inclusive. A list of external Security companies (Personnel) that the Department have hired out to carry out works on behalf of the Department in the timeframe of 1st January 2013 to 24th December 2014 inclusive  Individual  27/01/2015  Granted
 31/12/2014  235  Grants of over €5.000 payable to each of the following; or to any of their associated organisations:Irish Family Planning Association; Women’s Aid; Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Barnardos; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; National Women’s Council of Ireland.