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 professionals concerned are General Practitioners, Pharmacists, Dentists, Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians 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 10th May 2012 and shall be completed by 8th June 2012.

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 or by post to:
    FEMPI Review,
    Room 119,
    Department of Health,
    Hawkins House,
    Dublin 2
    to arrive not later than Thursday 24th May 2012
  • Submissions should be clearly headed under the relevant health profession title, e.g. GPs, Pharmacy, etc.
  • 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.