Consultations

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 IRGPrivatePublic@health.gov.ie 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 http://health.gov.ie/consultations/ 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.

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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 deprivationofliberty@health.gov.ie  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:

Email:     deprivationofliberty@health.gov.ie

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.

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Consultations Now Closed

Consultation on Draft Health Information Policy Framework

This public consultation is being carried out to help the Department of Health to develop a national health information policy.  The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on the proposals to inform the drafting of a national health information policy in 2018. We would like to find out what people think about how personal health information is collected, used and shared in our health services – what is working well and what needs to be improved.

 Have Your Say  – Health Information Policy Framework online questionnaire 

If you have any questions or would like to receive a paper copy of the consultation paper, please contact health_information@health.gov.ie or telephone: (01) 6354706

People making submissions may be lobbying under the terms of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. You can click here to check if your submission is considered to be lobbying.

Closing date for submission:  6pm on Wednesday 15th November 2017

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Consultation on Personalised Budgets for Disabilities

The Task Force on Personalised Budgets is carrying out a public consultation to find out what people think about personalised budgets and how they should be used in Ireland. A personalised budget is a sum of money which would be funded from the HSE’s budget for disability services and provided to an eligible person with a disability to meet their needs for personal social services and supports. It would also like to hear the public’s view on what supports people with a disability might need to help them in using a personalised budget.

You will find more information on the Task Force on Personalised Budgets here

 Have Your Say

Read the Consultation Paper on Personalised Budgets for Disabilities

Complete the questionnaire on Personalised Budgets for Disabilities

Easy Read Consultation Paper on Personalised Budgets for Disabilities

Easy Read questionnaire on Personalised Budgets for Disabilities

Screen-reader questionnaire on Personalised Budgets for Disabilities

Please email your response to: budgets_taskforce@health.gov.ie

or return by post to:

Personalised Budgets Consultation, Room 316, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Hawkins Street, Dublin 2, D02 VW90

If you have any questions or would like to receive a paper copy of the consultation paper, please contact budgets_taskforce@health.gov.ie or telephone: (01) 6354769

People making submissions may be lobbying under the terms of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. You can click here to check if your submission is considered to be lobbying.

Closing date for submission:  6pm on Friday, 20th October 2017

 

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

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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, 29th September 2017

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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 CapacityReview@health.gov.ie

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

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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 workforceplanning@health.gov.ie. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.