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Review of Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Older People in Designated Centres) Regulations

The Health Act, 2007 provided for an independent inspection and registration system for residential services. Section 101 of the Act enables the Minister for Health and Children to make regulations for the purposes of ensuring proper standards in relation to designated centres.

On 1 July 2009 Statutory responsibility was given to the Chief Inspector of Social Services, part of the Health Information and Quality Authority for inspecting and registering nursing homes.

This responsibility is underpinned by a comprehensive quality framework comprising;

The regulations made under Section 101 of this Act:

  • The Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2009 (S.I. no. 236 of 2009).
  • The Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. no. 36 of 2010)

National standards developed by HIQA and approved by the Minister:

  • The National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland

We would now like to hear from any individual, group or other body that wishes to make contribution to the review. This includes agencies and other bodies in the public, private, voluntary or community sectors. We would also welcome submissions from residents in nursing homes together with national groups or organisations that reflect the views of their members.

Submissions should be forwarded to:

Review of Regulations,
Services for Older People,
Department of Health and Children,
Hawkins House,
Dublin 2.

or by e-mail to HA2007-Regs-Review@health.irlgov.ie.

Closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday, 31 January 2011. Submissions will be subject to the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003.