Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009

Consultation on fees payable to certain health professionals

The Minister for Health and Children in exercise of her powers under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009 is considering the making of Regulations to reduce the rate of fees and associated payments payable to certain health professionals.

The professionals concerned are General Practitioners, Dentists, and Optometrists who hold contracts with the HSE, Smeartakers contracted under the CervicalCheck programme and Consultant Psychiatrists who hold contracts with the Mental Health Commission.

The Minister has determined that a consultation process shall commence on Wednesday 7th July 2010 and shall be completed by Friday 30th July 2010.

The Minister invites interested parties to provide written submissions to assist in her deliberations on these matters.

The following should be noted in relation to submissions

  • Submissions should be sent by e mail to the Department of Health and Children at or by post to FEMPI Review, Department of Health and Children, Room 11.11, Hawkins House, Dublin 2 to arrive not later than 5.30pm on Wednesday 21st July 2010
  • Submissions will be copied by the Department to the officials of the HSE or other health body, where appropriate,
  • Submissions may be made available by the Department to the Department of Finance and other Departments who hold contracts with such professionals,
  • Written submissions may also be copied to financial, economic or legal advisors of the Department, the HSE or other health body, as appropriate, to assist in the analysis of same,
  • Written submissions will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts and may be subject to release. If a person making a submission considers that any element in it is sensitive, those elements should be clearly identified and the reasons for the sensitivity should be specified. The Department will, where possible, consult with the person about any information which he/she has identified as sensitive information before making a decision in response to a request for release under the Freedom of Information Acts.