Written answers

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Department of Health and Children

Departmental Staff

5:00 pm

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal North East, Fine Gael)
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Question 92: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the number of staff members in the Department that are working in regulation, inspection, transposition of directives, policy enforcement, health and safety and so on; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38209/10]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Independent)
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My Department's structure does not classify staff responsibilities in the way referred to in the Deputy's Question. The Department is organised on a divisional basis, each headed by a member of the Management Advisory Committee (MAC). The following table summarises the principal functions of the Department's divisions and the staff members allocated to them.

Division (MAC Area)Numbers Employed(WTE)Description
Acute Hospitals, Cancer & Associated Services22.70This Division develops policy for, and evaluates the provision of acute hospital services, cancer services and services relating to blood and human tissue. The overall policy goal is to ensure that treatment is provided in a safe, accessible manner in appropriate locations and that targets for levels of service are achieved
Chief Medical Officer's Office28.63The Chief Medical Officer's Division provides expert medical and policy advice and assistance to the Minister, Ministers of State and Department and also has responsibility for patient safety & quality, health protection & promotion and social inclusion.
Food, Primary Care & Eligibility42.10This Division's role is to promote the development of primary care services, to secure enhanced value for money in the GMS, community drug schemes, dental and optical schemes, and to ensure implementation of legislation and policies in relation to food safety, tobacco control, medicine and cosmetics safety, pharmacy services, medical devices, control of illegal drugs, environmental health and eligibility.
Health Insurance11.10The role of this Division is to lead on the strategic development of policies relating Health Insurance.
Finance, Performance Evaluation, Information & Research56.60The role of this Division includes planning, negotiating and evaluating the annual Health Estimates including direct responsibility for the day to day management of the Votes of the Department and the OMCYA.
National HR & Workforce Planning36.50This Division of the Department deals with HR policy in the public health service including: workforce planning; monitoring numbers; pension policy; rationalisation of health agencies and providing advice and support on industrial relations matters to agencies under the remit of the Department.
Office for Disability & Mental Health26.60The Office for Disability & Mental Health was established to bring about a more coherent and integrated approach to policy and service delivery for people with disabilities and mental health difficulties. Its work includes developing mechanisms for increased co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration across Government Departments and State agencies, with a particular focus on the interaction between the health system and education, employment and housing services pertaining to the client group.
Office for Older People26.93The Office for Older People was established to support the Minister for Older People in exercising her responsibilities within the Departments of Health & Children, Social Protection, and Environment, Heritage & Local Government. Its remit is to facilitate the development of operational plans by Government Departments clearly setting out objectives relating to older people.
Office of the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs (OMCYA)61.20The OMCYA has merged functions from the Department of Health & Children with the Early Years policy function of the Department of Education & Skills and the Youth Justice policy function of the Department of Justice & Law Reform to provide a joined-up Government approach to the development of policy and the delivery of services for children and young people.
Parliamentary & Corporate Affairs72.73This Division manages the delivery of the Department's parliamentary affairs, human resources, staff training and development, corporate services, FoI, records management, communications and legal advice functions and also includes a legislation unit.

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