Review under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 of Payments to Health Professionals

On Budget Day, it was announced that the fees/allowances payable to health professionals will be reviewed, with an overall target figure of an additional €70m in savings to be achieved in 2013.

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 13th December 2012 and shall be completed by 11th January 2013.

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

The review shall encompass, but is not confined to, fees and allowances which have been reduced previously under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009 (see current Regulations listed at Appendix I).

The following should be noted in relation to submissions:

FEMPI Review
Room 1.07
Department of Health
Hawkins House
Dublin 2

to arrive not later than 5:30pm on Friday 4th January 2013.

  • Submissions should be clearly headed under the relevant health profession title, e.g. GPs, Pharmacy, etc.
  • Submissions may be copied by the Department to 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.

Appendix I

SI No./Year Regulations
171/2009 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments To Registered Dentists) Regulations 2009
195/2009 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments To Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians) Regulations 2009
473/2010 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Consultant Psychiatrists) Regulations 2010
510/2010 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments in respect of Services under the National Cervical Screening Programme) Regulations 2010
638/2010 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments To General Practitioners) Regulations 2010
135/2011 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Registered Dentists) Regulations 2011
261/2011 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Optometrists for Certain Services) Regulations 2011
300/2011 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Community Pharmacy Contractors) Regulations 2011
556/2011 Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to General Practitioners) (National Immunisation Programmes) Regulations 2011