Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (946)

Michael Ring


946. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in putting up the minutes of meetings on the gov.ie website; the reason why previous minutes were removed from the webpage in regard to the National Public Health Emergency Team; when the minutes of all NPHET meetings that took place will be available on the website; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38816/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In the interests of complete transparency, minutes and agendas of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) meetings are published as quickly as possible once they have been finalised and adopted by the NPHET members. The formal adoption of minutes and agendas occurs on a rolling basis as part of the NPHET's meetings and they will continue to be published promptly as outlined.

The Deputy may wish to note that minutes and agendas of the NPHET are freely available to view on the Department of Health website from its first meeting on 27th January 2020 up to 29th October 2020 inclusive at: www.gov.ie/en/collection/691330-national-public-health-emergency-team-covid-19-coronavirus/. It is intended that minutes and agendas up to the 12th of November will be available by the end Friday 27th November.

The Deputy may wish to note that a wide range of other documentation related to the NPHET has also been published to date and this publication process is ongoing. Letters, agendas, and minutes relating to the NPHET's previous subgroups are available on the Department of Health website, including the Acute Hospitals Preparedness subgroup (www.gov.ie/en/collection/32f5f-national-public-health-emergency-team-nphet-covid-19-subgroup-acute-hospital-preparedness/), Behavioural Change subgroup (www.gov.ie/en/collection/3008f6-the-national-public-health-emergency-team-nphet-covid-19-subgroup-be/) and Vulnerable People subgroup (www.gov.ie/en/collection/301f5e-the-national-public-health-emergency-team-nphet-subgroup-vulnerable-/).

The expert Advisory Group: (www.gov.ie/en/collection/0f6a2-minutes-from-meetings-of-the-covid-19-expert-advisory-group/),

Guidance and Evidence Synthesis Subgroup : (www.gov.ie/en/collection/07d750-nphet-covid-19-subgroup-guidance-and-evidence-synthesis/#agendas-and-minutes-of-meetings)

Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG): (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/dc5711-irish-epidemiology-modelling-advisory-group-to-nphet-technical-notes/) * note that it is intended to publish further documentation by Friday 27th of November

Medicines and Medical Devices Criticality Assessment Subgroups (https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/08242-national-public-health-emergency-team-nphet-covid-19-subgroup-covid-19-medicines-and-medical-devices-criticality-assessment-group/ )

Pandemic Ethics Advisory Group: (www.gov.ie/en/collection/504017-nphet-covid-19-subgroup-pandemic-ethics-advisory-group-peag/#minutes-from-meetings-in-june)

Health Sector Workforce Subgroup: (www.gov.ie/en/collection/fdb0c7-national-public-health-emergency-team-nphet-covid-19-subgroup-workfo/#minutes-of-meetings)

Diagnostic Testing Approaches Subgroup: (www.gov.ie/en/collection/0a1e9-nphet-diagnostic-testing-approaches-subgroup/)

The rare instances where previous versions of minutes/agendas are removed temporarily from the web-page, this is to correct minor formatting/drafting errors as necessary. In these instances, minutes and agendas are re-uploaded without delay.