Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Questions (719, 720, 721)

Barry Cowen

Question:

719. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health the number of secondments from his Department to external private firms in 2010 to 2014, inclusive, and to date in 2015; the firms involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1845/15]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

720. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health the number of secondments based in his Department from external private firms in 2010 to 2014, inclusive, and to date in 2015; the firms involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1859/15]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

721. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health if his Department has a policy regarding secondments from and within his Department to external firms; when the policy was initiated and last updated; the details of the policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1873/15]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 719 to 721, inclusive, together.

The information requested by the Deputy in respect of secondment positions is detailed in the following table.

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2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Position as at 14 January 2015

Secondments to External Private Companies from the Department of Health

2

2

2

3

3

2

Secondments into the Department of Health from External Private Companies

0

0

0

2

0

0

The secondments from the Department are to Staff Associations/Unions and the Civil Service Credit Union. The secondments into the Department were from the Irish Computer Society and related directly to EU Presidency requirements. In all cases salary recoupment arrangements to and from the relevant organisations took place. Such secondments are arranged as per request or to satisfy particular identified business needs of the Department.

In addition to the above a Civil Service/Private Sector Staff Exchange Scheme was introduced on a pilot basis for two years by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in January 2013. The Staff Exchange Scheme was designed to enhance communication, co-operation and understanding between the Civil Service and the Private Sector and to provide staff development opportunities for participants through new work experiences and project based assignments. No staff member from this Department is currently participating in this pilot Scheme.