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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 774 No. 1

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Departmental Expenditure

 1618. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will detail in tabular form the total cost of providing entertainment for his Department since coming to office, inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which entertainment was provided; the entertainers used; the breakdown of costs associated with each occasion; if there is a policy regarding the booking of entertainers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37447/12]

 1619. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount spent on food and drink by his Department; if he will provide a breakdown of what this involved; the occasions on which food and drink was provided; those present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37463/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I propose to take Questions Nos. 1618 and 1619 together.

  For accounting purposes the term "entertainment" refers to expenditure incurred in circumstances from hosting lunches working lunches,meetings for delegations and visiting health experts to the hosting of receptions for attendees at health related conferences.

  It is not possible to provide the level of detail of information sought by the Deputy as the financial management system of my Department does not provide for this information to be collated. The total cost to the Department in relation to entertainment during the period concerned is € 5,171.70. This expenditure was incurred as follows:

Office Cost
Minister Reilly 4,207.57
Ministers Shortall / Lynch 17.91
Secretary General 946.22

Departmental Expenditure

 1620. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount spent on hair and make-up by his Department since he came to office; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37479/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The amount spent on hair and make-up by my Department since March 2011 is nil.

Ministerial Adviser Appointments

 1621. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number and names of all special advisers, special press advisers, or any other type of ministerial adviser in his Department; the name of the Minister or Minister of State to whom he or she reports; the salary of each adviser now; the salary of each adviser at the time he or she was appointed; if any salary increase was asked for; if it was granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37495/12]

 1869. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the names of special advisers for whom salary increases have been requested; the amount requested; the details of those granted increases and the amount by which the salary was increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [40023/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I propose to take Questions Nos. 1621 and 1869 together.

The following is the breakdown of the information requested:

Minister Adviser Title Whole time Equivalent Current Salary
James Reilly Mark Costigan Press Adviser 1 €92,672
James Reilly Maureen Windle Special Adviser 0.66 €61,755
Róisín Shortall Maev-Ann Wren Special Adviser 0.5 €40,025


  

No salary increase has been sought or granted since the three individuals took up their positions.

Consultancy Contracts Issues

 1622. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide detail in tabular form of the names of all external public relations and consultancy persons and organisations used by his Department for the years 2011 and 2010; the amount paid to each; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37511/12]

 1624. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will detail in tabular form the amount paid on external public relations and communications consultants since February 2011; the reason for the payment; the name of each organisation used; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37544/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I propose to take Questions Nos. 1622 and 1624 together.

  The Press and Communications Office of my Department liaise with the media on behalf of the Department as well as all Ministers and do not use the services of a PR company. My Department has not spent any money on public relations in 2010 or 2011.

  As you will be aware, Ministers qualify for Secretarial Allowances from the Oireachtas. The Vouched Allowance Option allows a Minister to claim fully vouched expenses of up to €41,092 (2012 level) for a range of services including PR. In 2011, I obtained communications advice related to the health reform agenda from the Communications Clinic. My Department does not pay for this service and the cost (€15k in 2011) was met out of the allowance I refer to above.

  The information sought by the Deputy concerning other consultancies is set out in tables.

 Details of consultancy work carried out in 2010

Consultant Project Details Cost (€)
Anna Gunning, 9 Sefton Green, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Support and facilitation for the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Children and Young People's Forum meetings 690
Carole C. Devaney Editing and proofing of Neuro-Rehabilitation Report 2011-2015 1,360
Cnag ar an Doras, Consultancy & Lifecoaching,7 Aughrim Villas, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 Evaluation and Report of the Comhairle na nOg Development Fund 2007-2008; 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. Inclusion Programme 2008 20,873
Cnag ar an Doras, Consultancy & Lifecoaching, 7 Aughrim Villas, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 Evaluation and Report of the Inclusion Programme 2009 605
Cnag ar an Doras, Consultancy & Lifecoaching, 7 Aughrim Villas, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 Project Manager for the national consultation with Children Living in the Care of the State 56,037
Conor Feeney, Law Library, Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin 7 Irish Medicines Board (Fees) Regulations 2010 2,783
CRA International UK Ltd Private Health Insurance - Actuarial Advisory Services/Health Insurance/Risk Management 13,876
Create Consultancy Ltd. Create Consultancy was commissioned by DoHC to conduct an evaluation of the Suboxone Feasibility Study 8,736
Dr Satya Brink, HR Development Canada International Expertise provided to the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland (NLSCI). 17,488
Economic and Social Research Institute and Childrens Research Institute , Trinity College Dublin. Research commissioned on: National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland (NLSCI).It is a fixed price contract amounting to €29,006,023.00 including VAT in 2005 prices. 3,162,988
Eteams, Bridge House, Main Street, Scariff, Co. Clare Pharmacovigilance Regulations, proofing of gaelige version 1,145
Fiona Keogh Research support for Expert Policy Reference group as part of the VFM & PR Review of Disability Services 31,535
Focal Factory, 8 Plás Uí Chuínn, Muirbheach, Gaillmh Pharmacovigilance Regulations, proofing of gaelige version 242
Goodbody Economic Consultants To conduct an Interim Evaluation of the EU Youth in Action Programme 49,092
Irish Heart Foundation,Clyde Road,Ballsbridge,Dublin 4 Provision of Nutrition Advice Service 80,767
Kevin Moran, Co Exist Ltd, Marsh Road, Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co Louth Project Management for a consultation for ideas for reform of the Junior Cycle 6,000
Liz Harper, Facilitation & Organisational Development, 27 Dufferin Ave, Dublin 8 Evaluator of the Dáil na nÓg Council 5,750
Louise Monaghan, Elm Trainging lead Consultant: Siobhán McGrory, HP Training & Support Services To develop Standards for Local Youth Clubs funded by the CYSDU 3,700
Milliman Ltd Private Health Insurance - Actuarial Advisory Services/Health Insurance/Risk Management 144,823
Milliman Ltd Reform of the Private Health Insurance market 220,902
Niamh McCrea, 35 Mount Shannon Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 Support and facilitation for the OMCYA Children and Young People's Forum meetings 1,400
NYCI CYPF Participation Support 130,448
Pat Harvey (payments made to company name of Harwyn Ltd) Address:Carnmore, Hawthorne Heights,Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Independent Chair of the Health Sector Implementation Body (Implementation of the Public Service Agreement - Croke Park) Appointed on fixed annual fee-basis ( same rate for all sectoral chairs) 12,100
Peter Cassells Consultants Ltd, 25 Infirmnary Road, Dublin 7 Chairing of Alcohol Maketing Communications Monitoring Body
16,698
Pro Mark Morgan, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Report of the European School Survey project on Alcohol and Drugs
37,813
Professor Ann Sanson, Network coordinator, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Melbourne International Expertise provided to the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland (NLSCI).
6,002
Sandra Roe, Social Research Consultant , Oakwood, Ballygowan, Milford, Co Carlow Analysis of ChildONEEurope Questionnaire on Child Participation
3,500
Sandra Roe, Social Research Consultant , Oakwood, Ballygowan, Milford, Co Carlow RSE/SPHE implementation in post primary schools
1,680
TCD VFM & PR Review of Disability Services - Hire of lecture theatre to facilitate briefing session
300
Thomas Ferris VFM & PR Review of Economic Costings of Private Beds in Public Hospitals - Chair of the Steering Group
2,000
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 The All-Ireland Traveller Health Study (AITHS)
312,887
William Fry Solicitors (Legal Firm), Fitzwilton House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2 Provision of independent legal advice to the Oversight Committee on the Health Repayment Scheme on Long Stay Charges.
16,822
Total  
€4,371,040


Details of consultancy work carried out in 2011
Consultant Project Details Cost (€)
Milliman Ltd. Actuarial Advisory Services/Health Insurance 72,348
Goodbody Stockbrokers VHI and Market Restructuring including Authorisation 300,080
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 All Ireland Travellers Health Study 139,000
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation led project to Reduce the Administrative Burden 14,000
Dr. Oonagh Walsh, Kildarham House, The Gully, Bandon, Co. Cork Practice of Symphysiotomy in Ireland 10,000
Create Consultancy Ltd. Suboxone Feasibility Study 10,863
Mr. Gerald Mullally, Wellington Lodge, Templemore, Co. Tipperary Organisation and Financing Options for Chronic Care in the Irish Health System 5,227
Dr. Hubert Curran,Apt. 12 Sullivan Court, 7 Sullivan Place, Holywood, Co. Down External Clinical Advisor to the Special Delivery Unit 5,808
Value Based Health Solutions Ltd. Bridgewater House, Cashman Road, Altrincham Chesire WA14 5HH, England Set up of the Special Delivery Unit in the Department of Health 250,000
Value Based Health Solutions Ltd. Bridgewater House, Cashman Road, Altrincham Chesire WA14 5HH, England Expert Advice to the Department of Health, in particular to the Special Delivery Unit 37,500
Peter Smyth Management Consultancy Ltd., 5 Marley Rise, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 Process Auditor to oversee procurement process of actuarial/insurance services 2,541
Mr. Dermot Smyth,57 The Cloisters, Terenure, Dublin 6W Engagement of services as Evaluation Committee member for award of tender for actuarial/insurance services 1,200
Ms. Carole Devaney Payment in respect of editing and proofing services for the report “National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011-2015” 1,530
Advertising Standards Authority Ireland Oversee and monitor the implementation of and adherence to alcohol advertising Voluntary Codes of Practice re U-18s 21,790
Advertising Standards Authority Ireland Secretarial and executive services for the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body 20,000
Peter Cassells Consultants Ltd. Chairperson of the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body 16,698
Mark Morgan European Schools Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) 2011 22,688
Irish Heart Foundation Nutrition Service 35,832
Total   €967,105

Ministerial Expenditure

 1623. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the gross annual salary costs for his private and constituency offices at present; the same figures for this time last year; the same figures for any Ministers of State in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37528/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The following is a breakdown of the information requested by the Deputy. The current payscales also applied in November 2011.

November 2011 September 2012
- Head count Paygrade Head count Paygrade Payscale
Minister Reilly
Constituency Office 1 EO * 1 EO * €29,024 - €45,616
  1 Personal Secretary 1 Personal Secretary €456.60 - €915.20
           
Private Office 1 EO ** 1 EO ** €30,516 - €47,975
  1 EO * 1 EO * €29,024 - €45,616
  1 SO * 1 SO * €33,070 - €43,906
  2 CO ** 2 CO ** €23,177 - €37,341
  1 CO * 1 CO * €22,015 - €35,515
  1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Assistant €43,715 - €56,060
           
Special Advisors 2 PO * 2 PO * €80,051 - €98,424
           
Minister of State Shorthall
Constituency Office 1 CO Higher Scale - * 1 CO Higher Scale - * €23,042 - €36,267
  1 Personal Secretary 1 Personal Secretary €456.60 - €915.20
  1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Assistant €43,715 - €56,060
           
Private Office 1 EO Higher Scale * 1 EO Higher Scale * €29,024 - €47,379
  1 EO * 1 EO * €29,024 - €45,616
  1 CO **     €23,177 - €37,341
  1 CO * 1 CO * €22,015 - €35,515
           
Special Advisors 1 PO * (0.5%) 1 PO * (0.5%) €40,025 - €49,212
           
Minister of State Lynch
Constituency Office 1 CO Secretarial - Grade 3 1 CO Secretarial - Grade 3 €23,187 - €37,341
  1 Personal Secretary 1 Personal Secretary €456.60 - €915.20
  1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Assistant €43,715 - €56,060
           
Private Office 1 EO Higher Scale * 1 EO Higher Scale * €29,024 - €47,379
  1 EO ** 1 EO ** €30,516 - €49,837
  1 CO ** 1 CO ** €23,177 - €37,341
  1 CO * 1 CO * €22,015 - €35,515
*   Non PPC - modified payscale, Class B PRSI (Pre- 1995)

** PPC - Class A PRSI payscale

  Question No. 1624 answered with Question No. 1622.

Consultancy Contracts Issues

 1625. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will detail in tabular form the amount paid to consultants since February 2011; the name of each organisation used; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37560/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly It is the policy in my Department only to engage the services of external consultants where it is felt to be appropriate and cost-effective, taking account of Government decisions and policy on the matter. Once initiated, the spend profile of each project is monitored by my Department on a monthly basis. The following table sets out the payments made by my Department to consultants since February 2011.

No Consultant/Organisation Consultancy Purpose Amount paid since February 2011(€)
1. Advertising Standards Authority Ireland Oversee and monitor the implementation of and adherence to alcohol advertising Voluntary Codes of Practice re U-18s (€29,320).

Secretarial and executive services for the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body (€20,000).
49,320
2. Create Consultancy Ltd. Suboxone Feasibility Study. 10,863
3. Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Contribution to D/JEI led project to Reduce the Administrative Burden. 14,000
4. Dr. Hubert Curran Expert Clinical Advice to the Special Delivery Unit. 10,008
5. Dr. Oonagh Walsh Report on the practice of Symphysiotomy in Ireland. 37,500
6. Goodbody Stockbrokers Advice in relation to the structure of the Private Health Insurance market. 333,413
7. Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Health Behaviours in School-aged Children Survey. 100,641
8. Irish Heart Foundation Advice in relation to Nutrition Policy. 35,832
9. Lis Nixon Associates Advice in relation to Performance Improvement in Unscheduled Care. 82,743
10. Mr. Mark Morgan European Schools Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) 2011. 22,688
11. Michael Collins Associates Evaluation of Costings for National Children's Hospital. 6,150
12. Milliman Actuarial Advisory Services/Health Insurance. 127,179
13. Mr. Dermot Smyth Payment in respect of membership of Evaluation Committee for the award of tender for actuarial/insurance advisory services. 1,200
14. Mr. Gerard Mullally Organisation and Financing Options for Chronic Care. 12,785
15. Mr. Peter Smyth Process Auditor to oversee procurement process of actuarial/insurance services. 2,541
16. Mr. Seamus McGirr Specialist statistical advice and analysis. 3,073
17. Ms. Carole Devaney Editing and proofing of the VFM Report on the Review of Disability Services (€3,060).

Editing and proofing services for the report "National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011-2015" (€1,530).
4,590
18. PA Consulting Advice in relation to Performance Improvement in Scheduled Care. 194,463
19. Peter Cassells Consultants Ltd. Chairperson of the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body. 16,698
20. PriceWaterhouse Cooper Review of certain business processes within the Department. 18,020
21. The Centre for Diagnostic Management Expert advice regarding elective treatment waiting lists (€37,856).

Performance Improvement in Scheduled Care (€184,520).
222,376
22. Trinity College Dublin Model of Demand for the supply of GP and Practice Nurse Services. 30,552
23. University College Dublin All Ireland Travellers Health Study. 139,000
24. Value Based Health Solutions Setup and operationalise the SDU (€250,000).

Strategy support to the SDU and expert advice to the Department of Health (€120,000).
370,000
  Total:   1,845,635

Ministerial Advisers

 1626. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the political activities of each special adviser, special press advisers, or any other type of ministerial adviser in his Department; if any of them were members of a political party; if so, the parties to which they belonged; if any of them are or have been elected local authority members; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37576/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly None of the advisors in my Department is now or ever has been a member of any political party or elected to a local authority.

Ministerial Transport

 1627. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount spent by his Department on drivers and ministerial transport since February 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37592/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The total amount spent by my Department on drivers and Ministerial transport for myself and two Ministers of State since February 2011 is €340,228.75.

Departmental Reports

 1628. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the total amount spent since February 2011 on external reports commissioned by his Department, including payments from ministerial allowances, details of the consultants employed and costs of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37624/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The total amount spent on reports by my Department during the period concerned amounts to €791,432. Details of the individual reports are provided in the following table.

  Health is an extremely complex environment involving a broad spectrum of services for the entire population. The nature, cost and burgeoning demand for services require that a strong emphasis be placed on the evidence base for policy and resource usage.

  The commissioning of external reports is very much part of a modern and effective administrative system and helps to inform the development of policy, regulation and legislation for the health sector as well as serving the public interest. There is, and will continue to be, a need for objective, independent and expert review and evaluation of health services and health outcomes into the future.

Title / subject matter of report Persons drafting report Costs to date



Illicit Drug Markets in Ireland Author:  Mr. Johnny Connolly, Research Officer, Health Research Board



Editor:  Ms. Winifred Power 
10,000







4,930
National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) Annual Report 2010 Translator:  Ariel Killick, Translation of NACD 2010 Annual report 813
An Overview of New Psychoactive Substances and the Outlets Supplying Them (Headshop report) Editor:  Brenda O’Hanlon

(published June 2011)



First Impression/Clever Cat Design (design and layout)
1,313







4,812
Parental Substance Misuse – Literature Review.  Main report Author:  Dr. Justine Horgan, Senior Researcher, NACD



Editor:  Mr. David Quinn, Swiftwrite



Ovo (report design and layout)






880





1,694
Parental Substance Misuse - Key Messages and Recommendations Author:  Dr. Justine Horgan, Senior Researcher, NACD.



Ovo (design, layout and printing)






1,192
Responding to Challenges of Substance Use Among Young People Author:  Ms. Peigin Doyle, Writer/Editor/Publicist 1,512
The Potency of THC in Cannabis Products

(Working Paper Series, No. 1)
Author:  Ms Colette Arnold, Forensic Science Laboratory



Ovo (Working paper series design, layout, printing)






841
Research into methods and data

sources for the estimation of

prevalence of problematic opiate

and cocaine use in Ireland (Working Paper Series, No. 2)
Commissioned by NACD. Work carried out by Gannon, Hay & McKell. Paid for prior to February 2011



Clever Cat Design (report design, layout, printing)










1,065
Protocol for National Substance Misuse Rehabilitation Cohort Study (Working Paper Series, No. 3) Commissioned by NACD. Work carried out by Gannon, Hay & McKeganey. Paid for prior to February 2011



Clever Cat Design (report design, layout, printing)










830
A Family Affair – Supporting Children Living with Parental Substance Misuse.  A Report of the Conference Author:  Ms. Peigin Doyle, Writer/Editor/Publicist



Ovo (report design and layout)
2,602





553
General Population Survey on Drug Prevalence 2010/11

Technical report
Work carried out by IPOS MORI. Paid for prior February 2011



Publisher:  CleverCat (design and layout)






423
Study on the prevalence of drug use, including intravenous drug use and blood borne viruses among the Irish prisoner population Authors:  Dr. A. Drummond, Dr. M. Codd, Ms N. Donnelly, Mr. D. McCausland, Dr. J Mehegan, L.Daly and Professor C. Kelleher 115,859
Health Behaviour in School Children Report (HBSC) External (Health Promotion Research Centre-NUI Galway) 100,641

School Survey Project on Alcohol and Drugs (ESPAD) External

( Mark Morgan, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin)
22,687

National Narcolepsy Study Steering Committee Report – Study of increase incidence of narcolepsy in young people following receipt of H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre – Dr Darina O’Flanagan (Chair of Steering Committee) Nil
Positive ageing: indicators of well-being in older people Health Research Board Nil
Towards a Restraint Free Environment in Nursing Homes – a Policy Document Geraldine Fitzpatrick PO (Chair),

Michael Smith, AP, Sheila O'Malley, Chief Nursing Advisor,

Marita Kinsella, Chief Pharmacist,

Noreen Quinn, Pharmacist,

Dr Colette Bonner, DCMO, (all DoH);

Dr Shaun O’Keeffe, Geriatrician, University College Hospital Galway; Ann Ryan, Inspector Manager, &

Vicky Blomfield, Regional Operations Manager, both HIQA;

Suzanne Cahill, Director of  Dementia Services Information and Development Centre's research programme at Trinity College Dublin;

Ann Coyle, Planning Specialist for Older People, HSE;

Sinéad Fitzpatrick, Practice Development Facilitator &

Vena Doyle, Practice Development Facilitator, Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI)
Department paid for printing and translation costs - 2,075
High Level Issues Analysis of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Accenture
No costs incurred
Strategic Framework for Role Expansion of Nurses and Midwives: Promoting Quality Patient Care Sheila O’Malley (Chief Nursing Officer in this Dept. who retired February 2012) and Steering Group with members from various outside agencies.
8,567 (printing costs)
National Policy & Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011 - 2015 Drafted by Department Staff – James O’Grady – now retired



Editing and Proofing by Ms. Carole Devanney



Formatting, Design & Printing by Brunswick Press
Cost  for editing and proofing

2,890





Cost for formatting, design and printing of 200 copies 6,738
Commissioned to  undertake a review of the Irish private health insurance market in relation to the options which may exist for rebalancing. Goodbody Stockbrokers and Matheson Ormsby Prentice Solicitors
300,080
Further Analysis of Options in relation to the restructuring of the Private Health Insurance Market Goodbody Stockbrokers and Matheson Ormsby Prentice Solicitors
Not currently available
Review of Parliamentary and Legislative Processes by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Report drafted by Mr Owen Jacob, Principal Officer, Business Consulting Unit, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform – Assistance was provided by Price Waterhouse Coopers  (PWC)
18,020 (PWC)
All Ireland Traveller Health Study (AITHS) UCD, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science
139,000 paid in 2011.




Evaluation of the Suboxone Feasibility Study Create Consultancy Ltd.

External Consultants
A total of  10,863 was spent in 2011.
Development of a Model of Demand and Supply of GP and Practice Nurse Services in the Republic of Ireland Trinity College Dublin
30,552
 
TOTAL
€791,432

Hospital Equipment

 1629. Deputy Brian Walsh Information on Brian Walsh Zoom on Brian Walsh asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the cost of an extracorporeal shockwave lithotripor machine purchased for University Hospital Galway in 2010; the current use and location of this machine; his plans to commission the machine for treatment of public patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37631/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Vaccination Programme

 1630. Deputy Brian Walsh Information on Brian Walsh Zoom on Brian Walsh asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his plans for the introduction of the neo-natal BCG vaccination programme in Galway; his views on whether there is a risk posed to public health by its absence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37632/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly Historically BCG vaccination is given in Galway to children in 5th/6th class in primary schools and also to babies in the 'at risk' categories.

  This is effective in terms of outcomes. The latest validated figures for epidemiology of TB in Ireland relates to 2009. In 2009, the national rate of TB was 11.3 per 100,000 of the population ranging from 5.1 in HSE West to 15.7 in HSE East.

HSE Properties

 1631. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding a facility in Blanchardstown, Dublin (details supplied).  [37638/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Water Fluoridation

 1632. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding the fluoridation of the public water supply (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37642/12]

 1635. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide a breakdown of the costs to the State of fluoridating the water supplies of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37654/12]

 1838. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding water fluoridation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39133/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I propose to take Questions Nos. 1632, 1635 and 1838 together.

The Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health, which was established in 2004, monitors new and emerging issues on fluoride and its effects on health and related matters. The Expert Body confirms that, based on the review of all previous and current international and national scientific data, the balance of evidence worldwide confirms that water fluoridation, at the optimal level, does not cause any ill effects and continues to be effective for protecting the oral health of all age groups.

The EU Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), published its ‘Opinion on critical review of any new evidence on the hazard profile, health effects, and human exposure to fluoride and the fluoridating agents of drinking water’ in 2011. The main conclusions of the SCHER report are that there are no known health implications from fluoridating water at levels used in the EU. Studies in Ireland and worldwide have found that water fluoridation has a significant benefit for dental health amongst both children and adults. Persons residing in fluoridated areas have better teeth with less disease than those residing in non-fluoridated areas. For example in the last all- Ireland survey, there was in the order of 40% fewer cavities in children living in fluoridated areas.

Hydrofluosilicic acid (HFSA) is the chemical used in the fluoridation of public water supplies in Ireland. It goes through a purification process to conform to tightly controlled specifications. The spend for fluoridation nationally in 2011 was €3,865,406, broken down as follows:

Operational costs €2,392,266, HSFA costs €1,387,561, Capital costs €85,579.

Medical Card Applications

 1633. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17. [37647/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

  Question No. 1634 answered with Question No. 1603.

  Question No. 1635 answered with Question No. 1632.


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