Licensing of healthcare providers

The Department is committed to the introduction of a national licensing system.  Work is currently underway on legislative proposals relating to the development of a licensing framework for healthcare facilities.

Such a framework will provide for a mandatory system of licensing for public and private healthcare providers.  It will be designed to improve patient safety by ensuring that providers do not operate below core standards which are applied in a consistent and systemic way.

General Scheme of Health Information and Patient Safety Bill