Public Consultation on Proposed Health Information Bill

As part of the Health Reform Programme, the Department of Health and Children is preparing new legislation on the collection, use, sharing, storage, disclosure and transfer of personal health information as well as ensuring that the privacy of such information is appropriately respected

The main objectives of the Health Information Bill are:

  • to establish a legislative framework to enable information –in whatever form- to be used to best effect to enhance medical care and patient safety throughout the health system,
  • to facilitate the greater use of information technologies for better delivery of patient services, and
  • to underpin an effective information governance structure for the health system generally.

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D., invites the public and interested parties to submit their views on the proposed Bill.

Accordingly, a Discussion Document on the Bill and an accompanying Audit Paper setting out relevant key international instruments, national laws and guidelines relating to health information for Ireland and selected other countries have been prepared. These documents are available for download below.

Written responses by individuals, groups or organisations are welcome and should be sent:

By E-mail to:

By Post to:

Health Information Bill Consultation
Legislation Unit
Department of Health and Children
Hawkins House
Dublin 2

Latest date for receipt of responses is Thursday, 11 September 2008

Please note that all submissions received will be subject to the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

Audit of key International Instruments, National Law and Guidelines relating to Health Information for Ireland and selected other countries