Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (142)

Róisín Shortall


142. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if the position in which some HSE staff are refusing to take representations from TDs in respect of homecare services on the grounds of GDPR will be clarified; the specific direction given to staff in this regard; the arrangements for TDs to interact with staff in respect of constituents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40196/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

This is a question for the HSE. Representations by elected representatives fall under Section 40 of the Data Protection Act. The Data Controller in this respect is the HSE and so it is for the HSE to decide how to deal with these representations, and it will have its own policy on this. It should be noted that there is a section on the Data Protection Commissioner's website providing guidance on Section 40 representations.