76. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel who have incurred injuries or illness in the course of their duties in each of the years 2015 to 2017; the number of Defence Forces personnel on public hospital waiting lists as a consequence of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18316/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The maintenance of a cadre of personnel capable of meeting the physical demands of a career in the Defence Forces is a key human resources requirement. The provision of medical services by the Defence Forces is designed to ensure that Defence Forces personnel are medically fit to undertake the duties assigned to them. The granting of sick leave or the administration of medical treatment is not a determination on how injuries or illnesses were incurred i.e. either through work or unrelated activities.

Cumulative recorded figures for sick leave may include injury/illness acquired in the course of duty. It is not possible to provide accurate details relating to whether or not the illness or injury was acquired in the course of duty.

Specific data on the number of personnel on public hospital waiting lists as a consequence of work related injuries or illnesses is not collated by the military authorities.