Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (114, 115, 116, 117, 118)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

114. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of serving medical officers in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7684/19]

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Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

115. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of serving medical officers in the Defence Forces who hold specialist registration with an organisation (details supplied); the number of doctors who are fully qualified to practice unsupervised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7685/19]

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Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

116. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position regarding serving medical officers of lieutenant colonel rank and above that are allegedly not seeing patients but are completing administrative roles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7686/19]

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Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

117. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of medical officers in the Defence Forces in receipt of the specialist allowance designed to recruit and retain fully qualified doctors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7687/19]

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Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

118. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the specialist allowance designed to recruit and retain fully qualified doctors has ceased; if he has given consideration to reinstating the allowance in order to aid recruitment and retention of suitably qualified doctors to the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7688/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 114 to 118, inclusive, together.

The number of Medical Officers serving in the Defence Forces is currently 24 of which there are 4 in the Military Medicine training scheme. All Defence Forces Medical Officers are registered with the Medical Council. All Medical Officers are under the supervision of a Senior Medical Officer in the relevant Formation. Medical Officers of all ranks treat Defence Forces patients. Medical Officers receive Rate 3 pay and additional allowances are payable for certain prescribed positions. In addition, Military Service Allowance and other relevant allowances are payable where applicable. There are no plans to introduce further allowances.