May 22, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health in relation to the reconfiguration of Waterford Regional Hospital to university Hospital the number of specific academic posts to be allocated, as in Consultant posts and professorships, and the process being used to select the individuals to those posts.
Reply from Minister James Reilly: Following the publication of the report on hospital groups, UCC has confirmed its commitment to putting in place five academic clinical appointments including three at professional level; two at senior lecturer level and one at tutor level with associated administrative support. Discussions within the new hospital group's corporate governance structure and in turn with the Department of Health and the HSE will now commence to give effect to this. An exact time frame cannot be put on this but the appointments will be made as soon as possible.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.