Open Consultations

Human Tissue Bill Public Consultation

Government approval was received in July for the drafting of a Human Tissue Bill.
The proposed legislation will include, amongst others, provisions, on:
· Post mortem practice and procedures
· Anatomical Examination/Education & Training
· Public Display of Bodies after Death
· Organ Donation and Transplantation

The Department of Health is inviting submissions regarding the proposals.

Have Your SayHuman Tissue Bill online questionnaire

Closing date for submission:  5pm on Monday, 9th October 2017


Consultation on Home Care Services

The Department of Health is developing a new statutory scheme and system of regulation for home care services. To help inform this process, the Department would like to find out what the public thinks about current home care services – what is working well and what needs to be improved. We also want to hear the public’s views on what the future scheme should look like.

Have Your Say – complete the online questionnaire:

Further information on the Home Care consultation.

Closing date for submission: 6pm on Monday, 2nd October 2017


Consultation to increase access to cost-effective biosimilar medicines

The Department of Health is developing a National Biosimilar Medicines Policy to promote the use of biosimilar medicines and to create a sustainable environment for biological medicines in Ireland. To help inform this process, the Department would like to hear your views on biosimilar medicines use in Ireland and any views on policies that could be used to promote biosimilars in Ireland.

Have Your Say – National Biosimilar Medicines Policy Consultation Paper

Closing date for submission: 6pm on Friday, 22nd September 2017


Consultations Now Closed

Health Service Capacity Review

The Department of Health is undertaking a Health Service Capacity Review in order to determine capacity requirement in the health service to the year 2030. This involves a detailed analysis of current and future capacity requirements, future demand, and the effect of healthcare reforms on the capacity requirements of the health service.

As part of the Capacity Review consultation process, the Department is seeking written submissions from stakeholders and interested parties. This is a vital part of the consultation process and ensures that stakeholder views on the current and future needs of the health service are considered during the Capacity Review.

Views are invited in relation to the Capacity Review Consultation Document.

Stakeholders are invited to respond to the above document via the Health Service Capacity Review online questionnaire.

Organisations wishing to make contributions of significant length may email these to

Closing date for submission: 6pm on Friday, 15th September 2017


Draft National Strategic Framework for Health Workforce Planning

The provision of high quality health and social care services depends on having a sufficiently numerous and appropriately trained workforce in place at national, regional and local levels. In this context, in June 2016, the Department of Health convened a Cross-Sectoral Steering Group to develop a strategic framework for health workforce planning for Ireland that will support the recruitment and retention of the right mix of health workers across the health system to meet planned and projected service need.

Stakeholder views are now invited on the Draft National Strategic Framework for Health Workforce Planning report.

Have Your Say – complete the online questionnaire on Health Workforce Planning.

Queries can be addressed to Respondees to this questionnaire should note that their input: may be published; and will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts.


Basic Safety Standards (BSS) Directive

The Department of Health would like to hear your views on the transposition of certain provisions of COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 2013/59/EURATOM laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation (Commonly known as the Basic Safety Standards (BSS) Directive).

Further information on the Basic Safety Standards Directive consultation.


Patient Safety Complaints and Advocacy Policy

We would like to hear the views of the public, patients, service users, staff and interested organisations on what is working well, what is not working well and suggestions for improvements in relation to complaints and advocacy. This public consultation will inform the development of a policy on Patient Safety Complaints and Advocacy.

Further information on the Patient Safety consultation.


Healthy Ireland – Healthy Workplace Framework

The development of the Healthy Workplace Framework is an initiative under the Healthy Ireland agenda and is being led by the Departments of Health and the Department of Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, in partnership with stakeholders.

Read the Briefing Paper on the Healthy Workplace Consultation.


Development of a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an Integrated Model of Care

The model of care proposed in this draft policy is one that offers the individual, family and community a range of choices. This will be facilitated through the re-organisation of the existing nursing and midwifery workforce in the community to provide a proactive rather than reactive model of care.

Further information on the Nursing & Midwifery Response to an integrated model of care consultation


Graduate, specialist and advanced nursing and midwifery practice

The draft policy will present a framework for graduate, specialist and advanced nursing and midwifery practice capable of developing a critical mass of nurses and midwives to address emerging and future service needs including driving integration between services. The overarching principle underpinning the policy is to develop the nursing and midwifery resource in response to patient and service need.

Further information on the Graduate, Specialist and advanced nursing consultation.