Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (51)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

51. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the membership and terms of reference of the medical advisory group to be established by his Department to advise on various medical matters, including malaria chemoprophylaxis, will be made public. [10206/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

As I have outlined to the Deputy previously, I have accepted the recommendations contained in the Working Group's Second Report on Malaria Chemoprophylaxis in principle, whilst recognising that certain of these recommendations will need to be further developed to allow for their implementation. Many of the recommendations focus on areas including planning, training and education/information sharing as well as the establishment of a Medical Advisory Group.

While proposals will be further developed in relation to this new Medical Advisory Group, it will formalise the provision of ongoing expert advice, including external expert medical advice, to the Defence Forces in relation to a range of medical matters including malaria chemoprophylaxis.  As further work needs to be done in relation to the Advisory Group, I am not in a position to comment in relation to the matters raised by the Deputy, particularly in the context of on-going litigation.