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Review of Regulations made under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009

The Minister for Health is required to review Regulations made under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009 that reduced certain payments payable to health professionals. On foot of the reviews, the Minister may decide to make no changes in payments, to impose further reductions or to increase payments.

The Regulations to be reviewed are as follows:

  • S.I.171/2009 – Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Registered Dentists) Regulations 2009
  • S.I. 135/2011 – Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Registered Dentists) Regulations 2011
  • S.I. No. 195/2009 – Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians) Regulations 2009
  • S.I. No. 261/2011 – Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Optometrists for Certain Services) Regulations 2011
  • S.I. 300/2011 – Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Community Pharmacy Contractors) Regulations 2011
  • S.I. No. 510/2010 – Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments in respect of Services under the National Cervical Screening Programme) Regulations 2010
  • S.I. No. 473/2010 – Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Consultant Psychiatrists) Regulations 2010

The professionals concerned are Dentists, Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Pharmacists who hold contracts with the HSE, Smeartakers contracted under the CervicalCheck programme, and Consultant Psychiatrists who hold contracts with the Mental Health Commission.

The Minister has determined that a consultation process shall commence on 17 October 2011 and shall be completed by 11 November 2011.

The Minister invites interested parties to provide written submissions to assist in his deliberations on these matters.

The following should be noted in relation to submissions

  • Submissions should be sent by e mail to the Department of Health at FEMPI2011@health.gov.ie or by post to:
    FEMPI Review,
    Room 1104,
    Department of Health,
    Hawkins House,
    Dublin 2
    to arrive not later than 5.30pm on Friday 4 November 2011
  • Submissions will be copied by the Department to the officials of the HSE, where appropriate,
  • Submissions may be made available by the Department to the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform,
  • Written submissions may also be copied to financial, economic or legal advisors of the Department, the HSE or other health body, as appropriate, to assist in the analysis of same,
  • Written submissions will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts and may be subject to release. If a person making a submission considers that any element in it is sensitive, those elements should be clearly identified and the reasons for the sensitivity should be specified. The Department will, where possible, consult with the person about any information which he/she has identified as sensitive information before making a decision in response to a request for release under the Freedom of Information Acts.
  • Submissions may also be made available on this website after the deadline for receiving the submissions has passed. Commercially sensitive or personally sensitive material should therefore not be included in your submission. If you do include such material you should clearly highlight it so that reasonable steps may be taken to avoid releasing it into the public domain. Although every effort will be taken not to release such material publicly a guarantee cannot be given. It is important to be aware that unless you clearly identify any commercially or personally sensitive information, you are making a submission on the basis that you consent to it being made available in full on the website. Efforts will be made not to place on the website any material that is potentially libellous.