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State Board Vacancies – Appointment to the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

Department of Health

Interest in appointment to State Boards 2014

Appointment to the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

The Minister for Finance and the Minister for Health invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced medical practitioners interested in being appointed as a member of the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal.

There is currently one vacancy on the Board. Expressions of interest will be retained by the Departments in relation to future vacancies.

Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

The Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal is appointed by the Minister for Finance on the nomination of the Minister for Health. The Board has 5 members.

The Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal adjudicates on appeals by applicants refused a Primary Medical Certificate by the Health Service Executive under the Disabled Drivers & Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme.

The Disabled Drivers & Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme allows for the remission of Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT), the repayment of Valued Added Tax (VAT) and exemption from Annual Road Tax to people with disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria specified in the Scheme’s Regulations. The Health Service Executive assesses each applicant for a Primary Medical Certificate against the specified criteria and will provide or refuse a certificate.

The medical criteria which must be complied with for entry to the scheme are as follows:

  • the applicant is wholly or almost wholly without the use of both legs;
  • the applicant is wholly without the use of one leg and almost wholly without the use of the other leg such that the applicant is severely restricted as to movement of the lower limbs;
  • the applicant is without both hands or without both arms;
  • the applicant is without one or both legs;
  • the applicant is wholly or almost wholly without the use of both hands or arms and wholly or almost wholly without the use of one leg;
  • the applicant has the medical condition of dwarfism and has serious difficulties of movement of the lower limbs.

Details of the Structure and Operation of the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

The operation of the Medical Board of Appeal is established by Regulation – Statutory Instrument 469 of 2004. www.irishstatutebook.ie/2004/en/si/0469.html

The Board

On the nomination of the Minister for Health, the Minister for Finance appoints 5 medical practitioners to the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal for a period of 4 years in each case. Members may be reappointed. The Minister for Finance appoints the chairperson to the Board. Three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Board. The Board is independent in the exercise of its functions. Vacancies that arise on the Board are filled by the Minister for Finance following a nomination by the Minister for Health, for the remainder of the period. Whenever the Minister for Health requests that a member be removed from the Board, the Minister for Finance shall remove any such person.

The Appeal

A person who is dissatisfied by a decision of the Health Service Executive in respect of an application for a primary medical certificate may appeal to the Board. The Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal is usually held as a clinic at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin. There were 24 clinics in 2012 and 404 appellants attended for review in 2012.

The adjudicating panel at all appeal clinics consists of the Chair and two ordinary Board members. Clinics are typically all-day and up to thirty appellants are scheduled for review.

A fee of €607.20 per day is currently paid to members of the Board.

The Board informs the appellant in writing of its decision. Where the Board determines that the appellant meets one or more of the prescribed medical criteria, the Board will issue a Board Medical Certificate. Where the Board determines that the appellant does not meet the prescribed medical criteria, it refuses the appeal.

The actions and decisions of the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal can be reviewed by the Ombudsman in accordance with the Ombudsman Acts.

The type of person required

Applicants must be registered medical practitioners. An ability and experience in assessing individuals for statutory schemes will be an advantage.

(Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies)

How to Express an Interest

Interested applicants should register their interest in being nominated to be a member of the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal by writing to

Disability Unit, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Dublin 2 or at DisabledDriversAppeal@Health.Gov.ie

Interested applicants will also be required to enclose or attach a current CV and cover letter outlining their Medical Council registration number and any skills, attributes and experience relevant to the work of the Board.

By submitting an expression of interest the applicant accepts that appointments are made in the exercise of a statutory discretion, that the Ministers are not obliged to consider the expressions of interest offered, that they are not confined to recommending an appointment from amongst those who have expressed an interest and are not bound by any statement set out in the notice. Applicants should also set out clearly any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise should they be appointed to the Board.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted up to and including 1st March 2014.

We will treat all applications /expressions of interest confidentially and information will only be given to the appropriate personnel.

Further information

Further information on the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concession) Scheme is available on the Citizen Information and Revenue Commissioner’s websites.

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/transport_and_disability/tax_relief_for_disabled_drivers_and_disabled_passengers.html

www.revenue.ie/en/personal/circumstances/disability.html