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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 469-486
 Header Item Health Services Staff Issues
 Header Item Health Services Staff Issues
 Header Item Departmental Staff Data
 Header Item Hospital Appointments Administration
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Medical Card Applications
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Health Services Expenditure
 Header Item Health Services Expenditure
 Header Item HSE Staff Responsibilities
 Header Item Health Services Expenditure
 Header Item Road Safety Issues
 Header Item Cycling Facilities
 Header Item Road Safety Authority Staff

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 775 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 469-486

Health Services Staff Issues

 469. Deputy Regina Doherty Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the reason applications for leave of absence have been stopped; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40587/12]

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.

Health Services Staff Issues

 470. Deputy Regina Doherty Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if a member of staff leaves the health service and then returns, if their term of service and grade remain on record, or are they considered as a new recruit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40588/12]

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.

Departmental Staff Data

 471. Deputy Regina Doherty Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if his Department still grants leave of absence; and if not, the reason this is not considered as a neutral cost saving exercise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40598/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly My department is prepared to consider applications from staff members for career breaks within parameters that apply across the Civil Service . Such applications are assessed individually based on the merits of each case.

Hospital Appointments Administration

 472. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment at Cork University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40608/12]

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.

Health Services Provision

 473. Deputy Emmet Stagg Information on Emmet Stagg Zoom on Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly further to Parliamentary Question No. 695 of 14 February 2012, if he will report further on the process in introducing a pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40610/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly It has not been possible to progress this issue in the manner previously proposed principally due to resource issues. However, my Department intends at the earliest opportunity to explore with the HSE alternative possibilities in this regard.

  Question No. 474 answered with Question No. 395.

Medical Card Applications

 475. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will approve a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40635/12]

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.

Health Services Provision

 476. 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 if he will support a case of a person (details supplied) [40723/12]

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.

Health Services Expenditure

 477. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the total cost of taxi services and other private transport services paid for by the Health Service Executive for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012; if he will provide a breakdown of same based on year, HSE region and reason for service [40725/12]

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.

Health Services Expenditure

 478. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the total expenditure by his Department and the Health Service Executive on room and venue hire for the years 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will provide a breakdown of same by year, HSE region and event type [40726/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The information in respect of my Department is currently being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available. With regard to the Health Service Executive the question has been forwarded to the Parliamentary Affairs Division for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

HSE Staff Responsibilities

 479. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of administration, clerical and management staff employed by the Health Service Executive and his Department on 1 June 2012; and if he will provide a breakdown of same based on HSE region, grade and work location [40727/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The information in respect of my Department is detailed in the following table:

1st June 2012
GRADE
No. of Staff
Secretary General
1
Assistant Secretary
5
Chief Medical Officer
1
Principal Officer
26
Assistant Principal Officer
79
Administrative Officer
10
Higher Executive Officer
77
Executive Officer
57
Staff Officer
10
Clerical Officer
65
Senior Statistician
1
Legal Advisor
1
Press Advisor
1
Special Advisors to the Minister
2
Personal Secretary to the Minister
2
Personal Assistant to the Minister
3
Health Promotion Policy Advisor
1
Chief Environmental Health Officer
1
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
3
Advisory Counsel Grade III
2
Professional Accountant Grade 1
1
Statistician
2


  With regard to the Health Service Executive, they have been asked to collate the data sought as soon as possible and it will be provided directly to the Deputy by them when available.

Health Services Expenditure

 480. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the total cost of rents paid by the Health Service Executive and his Department for the period 2010 to 2012 inclusive; if he will provide a breakdown of same by year, HSE region and purpose of expenditure [40728/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly Management of the Health Service Executive property portfolio is a service matter. Therefore your question has been referred to the Executive for direct reply.

  In relation to my Department, the position with regard to the total cost of rents paid for the period 2010 to 2012 inclusive is as follows:

Premises
2010
2011
2012 to end September
Irish Life Building
€98,500
€98,500
€73,875
Ormond Quay
Nil
€48,000
€36,000


Irish Life Building, Block D:    Formerly accommodated the Office of the Disability Appeals Officer. This office is now located within my Department’s Headquarters.

1 Ormond Quay Lower:   Formerly accommodated the Irish Council for Bioethics. This lease was signed by the Council when it was still a separate corporate entity. As part of the winding up of this entity, my Department absorbed the staff on a secondment basis and took on the lease on Ormond Quay.

  My Department is actively seeking an alternative use for these premises for the remainder of their leases.

Road Safety Issues

 481. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will outline the law in relation to cyclists wearing safety helmets. [40554/12]

 482. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will consider making the wearing of safety helmets mandatory for all cyclists. [40555/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I propose to take Questions Nos. 481 and 482 together.

At the present the Road Traffic Acts do not provide for the wearing of helmets by cyclists.  There has been much debate in recent times relating to the wearing of helmets by cyclists and whether or not such wearing should be made compulsory.  The consensus of those bodies concerned with road safety has been that the wearing of helmets by cyclists is best promoted on a voluntary basis by way of educational and publicity campaigns, such as those undertaken by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), rather than to impose a legal requirement with consequent prosecutions and penalties for contravention, particularly in the case of minors.  

Cycling Facilities

 483. Deputy Brian Walsh Information on Brian Walsh Zoom on Brian Walsh asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide an update in relation to the proposed public bike scheme in Galway city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40051/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly My Department remains committed to exploring a range of mechanisms to seek to secure public bikes schemes in other cities in the state, building on the success of the Dublin Bikes scheme.  While schemes in  other cities  are  technically feasible, their commercial viability would require a collaborative approach with the private sector. Funding provision to meet the capital investment costs of the roll-out of public bikes in other cities has been identified within the 5-year capital funding allocation for Smarter Travel and Carbon Reduction Measures.  However, operational funding is not available from within the constrained current funding allocation.   

My Department, in seeking a means to progress the City Bikes Scheme,  is currently exploring, along with the National Transport Authortiy, the launching of an “expressions of interest” in scheme sponsorship procedure to further the process of engagement with potential private sector funding.

Road Safety Authority Staff

 484. Deputy Paschal Donohoe Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the numbers currently employed as staff with the Roads Safety Authority both on the administrative and non-administrative sections of the authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40057/12]

 485. Deputy Paschal Donohoe Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the policy of the Roads Safety Authority in respects of re-hiring retired testers; the numbers currently being re-hired by the authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40058/12]

 486. Deputy Paschal Donohoe Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the amount that was paid in compensation to Roads Safety Authority testers in respect of OUTS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40059/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I propose to take Questions Nos. 484 to 486, inclusive, together.

  The matters addressed in these questions are matters for the Road Safety Authority, and I have referred them to the Authority for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a reply has not been received within ten days.


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