Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (149)

Micheál Martin

Question:

149. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health if there are officials in his Department who have policy expertise in health issues. [50338/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department is composed of a number of Divisions which deal with policy in relation to a broad range of health and social care issues. These cover the spectrum of health service provision, along with various support functions including finance, research, statistics and analytics, HR policy, governance and performance oversight, professional regulation, policy support and many other functions.

The officials of my Department have a range of expertise and experience among the civil servants at the different grades. They work alongside other specialists including those with medical, nursing, dental and pharmacy expertise; statisticians; economists; accountants and researchers. These experts are closely involved in policy development in respect of their various areas of responsibility.