Thursday, 7 February 2019

Questions (178)

Alan Kelly


178. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the dates, times, minutes and personnel present for all meetings between him and the Chief Medical Officer in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [6133/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Chief Medical Officer is a member of the Department of Health’s Management Board. The Management Board provides strategic leadership, direction and oversight in achieving the Department's corporate goals. It adheres to the principles of shared participation and personal and corporate responsibility for the operational success of the Department in supporting the Ministers and Secretary General in the fulfilment of their statutory roles. Formal meetings of the Management Board members and the Minister and Ministers of State are scheduled on a monthly basis.

Most engagements between the Chief Medical Officer and the Minister are not formal minuted meetings. The Chief Medical Officer meets with the Minister on an ongoing and frequent basis as a matter of course in relation to the working business of the Department of Health to discuss specific issues and to support the Minister’s parliamentary work and related legislative programme.

Should the Deputy require details of any particular meeting, please contact my private office who will be happy to liaise with the relevant officials to obtain the information required.