While it is not clear what is meant by the reference to ‘official responsibility' in the Deputy's question, I trust the following information will assist.
As Minister for Health and Children I am responsible for the legislative and policy framework for our system of health and social services. Broadly speaking, this involves setting, evaluating and developing policies for the sector. These policies are implemented by a range of bodies which have their own statutory functions and governance arrangements covering operational policy, management, administration, service delivery and accountability.
It should be noted also that such bodies are subject to general Government policy with regard to matters such as remuneration.
In the above context I set out for the Deputy's information a list of organisations and authorities in the health sector:
The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
The Adoption Board
The Consultative Council on Hepatitis C
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service
The National Haemophilia Council
The National Cancer Registry Board
The National Cancer Screening Services Board
The Women's Health Council
The Health Research Board
The Health Information and Quality Authority
The Dental Council
The Medical Council
The Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board
The Irish Medicines Board
The Mental Health Commission
An Board Altranais
National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery
The Office of the Ombudsman for Children
The Office of the Chief Inspector of Social Services
The Children Acts Advisory Board
The National Social Work Qualifications Board
The Health and Social Care Professionals Board
The Health Service Executive
The Health Insurance Authority
The Voluntary Health Insurance Board
The Crisis Pregnancy Agency
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
The National Council on Ageing and Older People
The Drug Treatment Centre Board
The Office of Tobacco Control
The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
In addition to the above mentioned bodies, the Food Safety Promotion Board was established under the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999 and reports to the North-South Ministerial Council.