FOI Log Oct – Dec 2015

Date of Request Our ref Summary of Request Category of Requester Decision Date Decision Made
 01/10/2015 257 All correspondence, internal and external with the Ministers Office relating to allocation of €1 million in funding for redevelopment of Roselawn health Centre for the period July 2014 to the current date.  Journalist  30/10/2015  Refused
 02/10/2015 258 All correspondences between Minister Kathleen Lynch and the HSE between 1 April and 1 September 2015 regarding any issues arising out of Mental Health Commission reports and investigations into mental health services in the state.  Journalist  02/11/2015  Granted
 06/10/2015 260 All correspondence between Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Aodhain O’Riordain on the subject of medically supervised injection centres from April 2015 to date.  Journalist  04/11/2015  Granted
 06/10/2015 261  All correspondence including emails exchanged between the Department of Health as it then was and the Health Service Executive (HSE) in respect specifically of the reports concerning the operation by the National Screening Laboratory of the Screening Tests using semi quantitative base assay analysis of the dried blood spots for the purposes of determining the methionine levels as part of the screening process. Public  04/11/2015  Refused
 07/10/2015 262 Briefing documents prepared for Minister Leo Varadkar about food and meals in hospitals since he assumed the role of Health Minister up to and including the date of this letter.  Public  02/11/2015  Granted
 08/10/2015 263 1) The business case for relocating the Rotunda maternity hospital to Connolly hospital in Blanchardstown and any other briefing material prepared for Health Minister Leo Varadkar in relation to the decision to relocate the Rotunda maternity hospital to Connolly Hospital.  Journalist  06/11/2015
 09/10/2015 264  All correspondence received by the Minister for Health in response to his letters dated 17 June and 14 July 2015 consulting with eight organisations with regard to his proposal to make a regulation to prescribe the title of physical therapist as a varient of the specified title of physiotherapist.  Business  06/11/2015  Refused
 12/10/2015 265 I am requesting today, full structure charts for your organisations finance departments.  Public  10/11/2015  Granted
 12/10/2015 266  All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Departments of the Taoiseach; DPER; and the Health Insurance Authority between 3 April 2014 and 12 October 2015 with regard to the introduction of universal health insurance. Oireachtas  10/11/2015  Part Granted
 12/10/2015 267 All correspondence between the Department of Health (at PO level and above and to Ministerial Offices) and the HSE between 15 September 2015 and 12 October 2015 with regard to the implementation of the Emergency Department Taskforce Action Plan.  Oireachtas  10/11/2015
 12/10/2015 268 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE between 15 September 2015 and 12 October 2015 with regard to the NTPF waiting list data for out-patients, in-patients and day case patients.  Oireachtas  10/11/2015
 13/10/2015 269 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform since 01 January 2015 regarding business cases submitted by Section 38 agencies for retaining on a red circled basis existing payments to senior management that breached official pay policy.2. Copy of correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform since 01 January 2015 regarding the review of salary rates for senior management in Section 38 agencies.  Journalist  13/11/2015  Part Granted
 14/10/2015 271 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and/or the Department’s Secretary General and the Minister for Public Expenditure and/or that Department’s Secretary General in the last three months concerning the 2016 budget.  Journalist  09/11/2015  Part Granted
 14/10/2015 272 Briefing material prepared for bi-lateral meetings between the Minister for Health and/or senior officials and the Minister for Finance and/or  Minister for Public Expenditure in relation to Budget 2016  Journalist  10/11/2015  Refused
 15/10/2015 273 Spend on landscaping, gardening, flowers etc by the Department since the current Government came to power in 2011 to the current date.  Journalist  13/11/2015  Granted
 15/10/2015 274 Money recieved by the Department for FOI search and retrieval fees. Please provide a breakdown / total per year since 2011 to the current date in 2015.  Journalist  11/11/2015
 15/10/2015 275 Spend by the Department of Health on cleaning companies / contractors since the current Government came to power in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.  Journalist  13/11/2015  Granted
 16/10/2015 276 Documentation relating to the proposal for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks or any other low-nutrient foodstuffs in the context of this year’s Budget from June 1st 2015.  Journalist  13/11/2015  Granted
 16/10/2015 277  Updates provided to the Department of Health / Minister for Health, by the HSE, on the operation of the free G.P care scheme for under-6’s since its introduction on 1 July 2015.  Journalist  16/11/2015
 16/10/2015 278 Correspondence between the HSE director general and his office and the Minister for Health from June 1st 2015.  Journalist  16/11/2015
 16/10/2015 279 All correspondence between the Department and the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association and Generic Manufacturers of Ireland, in relation to medicine pricing agreements, since March 1st, 2015  Journalist  16/11/2015
 16/10/2015 280 Correspondence between Minister of Health Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch since June 1st  Journalist  04/02/2016  Refused
 16/10/2015 281 A copy of the Minister’s diary for 2015, to date.  Journalist  20/10/2015 Admin access
 20/10/2015 284 All correspondence to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar relating to the same sex marriage referendum 2015.  Public  18/11/2015  Refused
 22/10/2015 285 1) All correspondence in relation to the introduction and ‘rolling-out’ of the PHB Programme through schools 2) All correspondence around the introduction of the vaccine, GARDASIL in the year in which it was introduced 3) All correspondence detailing any concerns in relation to side-effects associated with the vaccine.  Oireachtas  06/02/2016  Part Granted
 23/10/2015 286 All communications between the Minister of Health and his personal advisers on the one hand, and the Minister of State in the Department of Health and her personal advisers on the other hand, in relation to the 2016 Budget, from August 1st 2015 on.  Journalist  11/12/2015  Part Granted
 29/10/2015 287 PLDP Act 2013  Individual  26/11/2015  Refused
 30/10/2015 288 Any documentation or correspondence from January 1st 2015 relating to the possible provision of IVF services free in the Irish health service.  Journalist  26/02/2016  Part Granted
 02/11/2015 290 All correspondence between the D/Health and the D/Finance on a so-called sugar tax in 2015.  Journalist  23/11/2015  Granted
 03/11/2015 291 Correspondence between Roscommon Hospital and Minister Kathleen Lynch regarding the hospital’s psychiatric unit and mental health services in the county.  Journalist  01/12/2015  Refused
 03/11/2015 292  All correspondence held in the last three years concerning the ban on gay men from donating blood in Ireland.  Journalist  23/12/2015  Part Granted
 03/11/2015 293 All correspondence held by the department relating to the issue of homosexual blood donation (MSM), its prohibition and potential policy change (relating to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service).  Journalist  23/12/2015  Part Granted
 03/11/2015 295 All correspondence held by the Department of Health relating to the shortage of and inability to secure BCG vaccines for the period January 1st, 2014 to November 1st, 2015.  Journalist  26/02/2016  Part Granted
 03/11/2015 297 All correspondence, memos, emails, reports and/or briefing papers regarding an inter-departmental group examining issues relating to people with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system.  Journalist  01/12/2015  Part Granted
 29/10/2015 299 A copy of all records in the department regarding Kilkenny County Council’s development of the Central Access Scheme for Kilkenny City and development at  Smithwick’s Brewery site in Kilkenny City.  Public  26/11/2015  Refused
 09/11/2015 300 Details of any meetings (Dates, Times or Places) the Minister or Junior Ministers have had with members of the Dail or Seanad to discuss the terms and conditions of employment of City and County Councillors.  Oireachtas 23/11/2015  Refused
 10/11/2015 303 1. All correspondence from emergency consultants in Tallaght Hospital for the last two years.  Journalist 11/12/2015  Part Granted
 10/11/2015 304 All email correspondence between Minister Leo Varadkar and his advisors and officials and all individuals employed in a management capacity by Tallaght Hospital from 1 October 2015 to 10 November 2015.  Journalist  11/12/2015  Part Granted
 12/10/2015 306 All records from January, 1 2015 to November 12, 2015 pertaining to:- a ‘sugar tax’ or plans to introduce on sugary foods and drinks to incentivise healthier eating and plans for the revenues earned from such a tax to be ring-fenced within the Department of Health/HSE for health awareness initiatives.  Journalist  10/12/2015  Part Granted
 13/10/2015 307  All correspondence to and from Minister for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch and clinicians, patient representative/NGO organisations, HIQA, the HSE Director General, HSE National Director for Mental Health and the HSE National Director for Health and Wellbeing on staffing, quality, funding and availability of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Ireland. All reports or assessments of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services from 12 November 2014 to today’s date of 12 November 2015.  Journalist  11/12/2015  Granted
 13/11/2015 309  All assessment forms produced by Department officials that informed / ranked which organisations should receive funding and how much each should receive in the Lottery grants distributed by the Department of Health for the second half of the year . All documentation showing sign-off by the Minister on each of these grants, including any documents detailing changes made to the assessments / amounts by the Minister or additions / deletions of organisations by the Minister for the grants issued for the first half of the year.  Journalist  11/12/2015  Granted
 16/11/2015 312 Correspondence between Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and those listed below since September 1, 2015:1) Staff at Roscommon Hospital 2) Area Operations Manager of the National Ambulance Service, HSE West 3) Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan 4) Independent TDs Michaels Fitmaurice and Denis Naughton 5) Labour Senator John Kelly 6) Fianna Fáil Senator Terry Leyden.  Public  11/12/2015  Part Granted
 16/11/2015 313 Correspondence to and from the Minister for Health, Assistant Secretary in the Acute Hospitals Policy Division, the Patient Safety and Quality Unit, and the Professional Regulations Unit regarding the implementation/possible implementation of the role of Physician Associate (also known as Physician Assistant), and Theatre Assistant, into healthcare in Ireland from 17 July 2015 to 16 November 2015.  Journalist  14/12/2015  Refused
 18/11/2015 314 All correspondence between Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the last 12 months.  Journalist  16/12/2015
 19/11/2015 316 Records of all complaints from Department of Health staff and their representative bodies/unions about PeoplePoint system in 2014 and 2015. Details of the total number and amounts of over and underpayments to Department of Health staff in 2014 and 2015 through the Peoplepoint system.  Journalist  16/12/2015  Part Granted
 19/11/2015 317 Correspondence between the Dept of Finance and the Dept of Health (and Ministers for Finance and Minister for Health) over the proposed introduction of a ‘sugar tax’ from June to the present date.  All internal Departmental reports or minutes of meetings regarding plans to introduce a ‘sugar tax’ from June of this year to the present.  Journalist  17/12/2015  Granted
 20/11/2015 320 Copies of two reports re nursing & midwifery board of Ireland (NMBI) 1; Report into NMBI Corporate Governance 2: Report into Financing of NMBI  Journalist  21/01/2016  Refused
 23/11/2015 322 All correspondence between the Department of Health and HSE regarding the HSE service plan,for 2016- All correspondence between the secretary general of the Department of Health and Health Minister Leo Varadkar regarding the HSE service plan for 2016  Journalist  27/01/2016  Refused
 25/11/2015 323 All written and electronic correspondence between the Moynalty Practice in Meath and the office of the Minister for Health over the past 18 months  Journalist  23/12/2015  Part Granted
 26/11/2015 324 Submissions made by the Irish Blood Transfusion Services Board to the Department of Health, with regard to policy concerning Men who have Sex with Men  Business  24/12/2015  Refused
 30/11/2015 325 A figure for total fees (if any) paid to the Arthur Cox law firm for the performance of legal duties on behalf of the Department of Health between 1st April and 30th November 2015.  Journalist  14/12/2015  Refused
 01/12/2015 326 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, between the secretary general of the Department of Health and the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and all correspondence between the Irish Hospital Consultants Association and the Minister for Health from 01 July 2015 to date. Journalist  18/01/2016  Part Granted
 03/12/2015 327 COPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTS RELATING TO ENGAGEMENT WITH THE DATA PROTECTION COMMISSIONER AND/OR HER OFFICE REGARDING THE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH IDENTIFIERS (IHI) PROJECT, THE EHEALTH PROJECT AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION. COPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTS RELATING TO ASSESSMENT(S) OF RISK RELATING TO THE EHEALTH PROJECT AND IHI PROJECT. Business  04/01/2016  Granted
 03/12/2015 328 Minutes of the Emergency Department Taskforce from June to December 2015. Journalist  04/01/2016  Granted
 03/12/2015 329 Correspondence between the Department of Health/Health Minister and the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association between June and December 2015?  Journalist  04/01/2016
 07/12/2015 331 All correspondence between the Minister and the Independent Monitoring Group on the implementation of Vision for Change relating to Minister Lynch’s decision to discontinue this group.  Public  04/01/2016  Refused
 07/12/2015 332 All records of communications between the then Minister for Health and Children and the State Examinations Commission regarding the inclusion of an essay entitled Scannal an Chórais Sláinte in Éirinn in the Leaving Certificate Irish, Higher Level, Paper 1 examination, 2008 from 8 June 2008 to 15 June 2008 inclusive.  Public  06/01/2016  Refused
 14/12/2015 334 A copy of the Review of Staffing Resources and Organisational Structure of the Department of Health carried out for the Department in 2013 by Prospectus Strategy Consultants.  Journalist  14/01/2016  Granted
 16/12/2015 335 All correspondence between the Departments of Agriculture and Tourism and Sport, the HSE, representatives of the alcohol industry and the Department of Health, in the last 12 months, concerning the Public Alcohol Health Bill 2015.  Journalist  18/01/2016
 16/12/2015 336 Records of communications to/from the Department of Health in relation to new “injection rooms” for drug addicts from Jan 2015-present  Journalist  18/01/2016  Part Granted
 18/12/2015 337 A statement of the deficit or surplus that each member of staff had at the end of the most recent flexi-period, and the same information for each member of staff one year earlier.  Journalist  19/01/2016  Refused
 18/12/2015 338 Correspondence between the Minister, the Department’s Secretary General, Minister James Reilly, and the Secretary General of DCYA with regard to plan not to proceed with Universal Health Insurance proposal from 1 January 2015 to the current date.  Journalist  02/03/2016  Refused
 18/12/2015 339 All correspondence between Minister Kathleen Lynch and the IMO and the NAGP on the issue of the CMS Contract between the dates 1 September 2015 and 1 December 2015  Journalist  20/01/2016  Granted
 18/12/2015 340 All correspondence between the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and the HSE DG Tony O’Brien in relation to the Health Service National Service Plan 2016 between 1 October 2015 and 10 December 2015  Journalist  20/01/2016  Part Granted
 18/12/2015 341 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE between 12 October and 7 December 2015 with regard to the NTPF waiting list data for out-patients, in patients and day case patients.  Oireachtas  19/01/2016
 18/12/2015 342 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE between 13 October and 16 December 2015 with regard to the 2016 HSE Service Plan  Oireachtas  19/01/2016  Part Granted
 18/12/2015 343 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE between 15 October and 17 December 2015 with regard to the implementation of the ED Taskforce Action Plan  Oireachtas  19/01/2016
 18/12/2015 344 All correspondence between the Department of Health and HSE, and between the Secretary General and Minister Varadkar regarding the HSE service plan for 2016.  Journalist  19/01/2016  Part Granted
 18/12/2015 345 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the HSE service plan for 2016  Journalist  19/01/2016  Part Granted
 21/12/2015 346 1. Copy of correspondence between the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and the Department of Health since 01 July 2015 regarding financial , management and governance issues  2. Copy of any consultants’ reports commissioned by the board of the NMBI in relation to financial, management and governance issues which have been given to the Department of Health 3. Copy of correspondence between the office of the chief nursing officer to the Minister for Health since 01 July 2015 regarding financial, management and governance issues involving the NMBI  Journalist  29/02/2016  Part Granted
 29/12/2015 347 Copies of all briefings Minister Leo Varadkar has received on the National Children’s Hospital project from November 1, 2015 to December 28, 2015. Copies of all correspondence to from Minister Varadkar on the subject of the National Children’s Hospital in the same time period.  Journalist  27/01/2016  Granted
 29/12/2015 348 Details of travel and  accommodation expenses, clothes hired, make-up, gifts purchased etc for Minister Leo Varadkar during the 2015 period.  Journalist  27/01/2016