Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (392)

James Browne

Question:

392. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the agencies or organisations under the remit of his Department; the number that have boards; the number of positions on each board; the number of vacant positions; and the agencies or organisations that have boards whose members have an obligation to appear before committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas [51497/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

There are 19 State Bodies under the aegis of my Department. Each of these bodies has a board as required under its governing legislation. The number of positions and current vacant positions are set out in the table below.

Under the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (section 2.8) persons being proposed by Ministers for appointment as Chairpersons of State Bodies are required to make themselves available to the appropriate Oireachtas Committee.

Oireachtas Committees can invite members of aegis bodies’ boards to attend committee meetings as required. Attendance is voluntary. Only committees that have the power to send for “persons, papers and records” can insist upon the attendance of named persons and the production of papers and other material. Any committee that has these powers has to apply to the House for permission to use these powers under legislation called The Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013.

Name of Board

Number of positions

Vacancies Available at 5 December 2019

Dental Council

19

0

Food Safety Promotion Board-Safefood

12

1

Health and Social Care Professionals Council

29

0

Health Information and Quality Authority

12

1

Health Insurance Authority

7

0

Health Products Regulatory Authority

9

0

Health Research Board

10

0

Health Service Executive

12

1

Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal

15

8

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

12

0

Medical Council

25

0

Mental Health Commission

13

0

National Cancer Registry Board

7

0

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

13

6

National Treatment Purchase Fund Board

9

0

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

23

0

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Council

21

0

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

17

0

Voluntary Health Insurance Board

12

2

The following revised table was received on 17 December 2019

Name of Board

Number of positions

Vacancies Available at 5 December 2019

Dental Council

19

0

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

10

0

Food Safety Promotion Board-Safe Food

12

1

Health and Social Care Professionals Council

29

0

Health Information and Quality Authority

12

1

Health Insurance Authority

7

0

Health Products Regulatory Authority

9

0

Health Research Board

10

0

Health Service Executive

12

1

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

12

0

Medical Council

25

0

Mental Health Commission

13

0

National Cancer Registry Board

7

0

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

13

6

National Treatment Purchase Fund Board

9

0

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

23

0

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Council

21

0

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

17

0

Voluntary Health Insurance Board

12

2