Open Consultations

Consultation on Private Practice in Public Hospitals

The Minister for Health has established an Independent Review Group to conduct an impact analysis on the separation of private practice from the public acute hospital system. He has asked them to consider to practical approaches that can be taken to removing private practice from public hospitals, the impacts that this will have, what timeframe might apply and how to phase it over time. The Review Group has also been asked to make recommendations to the Minister for Health as the Group may see fit.

Have Your Say: To help inform their analysis, the Independent Review Group would like to receive written submissions from members of the public and from interested parties on the current arrangements in relation to private practice in public acute hospitals; on the future direction that might apply; and on suggestions in relation to transitional arrangements to give effect to the future direction. In particular, the Group invites submissions related to the following themes:

  • Eligibility, access and equity
  • Current and future funding arrangements
  • Legislative and legal issues
  • Operational matters including specialist services
  • Recruitment and retention of personnel; and
  • Practical approaches to removing private practice from public hospitals including timeframe and phasing.

Submissions should be made by e-mail to or by post to

Secretary to the Expert Review Group examining Private Practice in Public Hospitals

C/O Room 424

Department of Health

Hawkins House

Hawkins Street

Dublin 2, D02 VW90


Freedom of Information

Responses to this consultation are subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Parties should note that responses to this consultation may be published on the Department of Health website at after the deadline for receiving submissions.

It is important to be aware that, unless you clearly identify any commercially or personally sensitive information in your submission, you are making the submission on the basis that you consent to it being made available in full. If you consider any information you provide to be confidential or commercially sensitive, please indicate so in your response.

Closing Date for Submission: 5 pm on Friday, 9th February 2018.


Consultation on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Proposals

The Department of Health has drafted preliminary draft Heads of Bill on deprivation of liberty safeguards which will form a new part of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

The provisions are intended to provide safeguards for older people, persons with a disability and certain categories of people with mental health illness to ensure that they are not unlawfully deprived of their liberty in residential facilities.

To help inform this process, the Department is seeking written submissions from interested parties and the general public on the proposals.

Have Your Say: The preliminary draft Heads of Bill are available for download here and the accompanying consultation paper is available to download here.

Submissions should be made by e-mail to  or

by post to:

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Consultation

Room 204

Department of Health

Hawkins House

Hawkins Street

Dublin 2, D02 VW90

If you would like a paper copy of this consultation paper or the draft Heads sent to you, please contact the Department of Health at the address above or by:


Phone: (01) 6354402 or (01) 6354732

Please also contact the Department if you have any questions in regard to this public consultation.

Closing Date for Submission: Friday, 9th March 2018.