Licensing of healthcare providers

The Department has prepared legislative proposals for a mandatory licensing system for public and private hospitals and other providers of high risk healthcare activities.  It is designed to improve patient safety by ensuring that providers do not operate below core standards, which are applied in a consistent and systematic way.

The General Scheme of the Patient Safety (Licensing) Bill was approved at Cabinet on 12th December 2017 and is now being referred to the Oireachtas Committee on Health for pre-legislation scrutiny.

General Scheme Patient Safety (Licensing) Bill

General Scheme of Health Information and Patient Safety Bill