Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (82)

Michael Harty


82. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Taoiseach the number of times Cabinet committee E (Health) has met in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [35099/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The Cabinet Committee on Health met on six occasions in 2016: on 12 May, 16 June, 21 July, 22 September, 7 November and 13 December.

In 2017, it met on 11 January, 2 February, 21 March, 27 April and 30 May. It met twice more in 2017 as Cabinet Committee E (Health) on 12 September and 23 November.

Cabinet Committee E met twice in 2018 - on 11 April and 22 November.

Following a Government decision in July, the Cabinet Committee structures were reorganised. Health is now covered by the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Services, which met for the first time on 10 September 2019. Sláintecare and Scheduled and Unscheduled Care were discussed at this meeting.

In addition to meetings of the full Cabinet and of Cabinet Committees, I often meet with Ministers on an individual basis to focus on particular issues. In this regard, I meet regularly with Minister Harris to discuss issues relating to our health service.