Consultations

 

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services (NRSCS)

The aim of the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services is to achieve optimal patient outcomes at population level with particular emphasis on the safety, quality and sustainability of the services that patients receive by establishing the need for an optimal configuration of a national adult cardiac service.     Specialist Cardiac Services mainly refers to the treatment of patients with heart attacks, heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms, but also covers a range of other conditions (e.g. adult congenital heart disease) and includes the full range of diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention services related to heart disease.  For the purposes of the National Review, the focus is on adult specialist cardiac services.

The scope of the National Review is broad and national.  It will examine services for adults that address elective, urgent and emergency need for hospital-based diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease, including diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures and the associated interdependent services.  Patient outcomes, patient safety and ensuring public confidence in cardiac services are central to the Review and as such this public consultation is an essential element of the Review

Your Opinion Matters

This public consultation takes the form of an online survey that you may answer as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.

Please note that if you are responding on behalf of an organisation, the response should be signed off at the appropriate management level. If you are responding as an individual, with your permission and in the interest of transparency, your name will be published as a contributor to the consultation.

For those who wish to respond as Gaelige, you are required to download the Irish PDF version, complete it and return by post by 5 p.m. on Friday 17th August to:

National Review of Clinical Services

11th Floor Hawkins House

Hawkins Street

Dublin, D02 VW90

You can also download an English language PDF version and return by post to the same address if you desire. Please note that a submission will be considered obsolete and not included in the analysis if it contains offensive language or abusive comments about identified individuals.

Closing date

The public consultation is open until 5 p.m. on Friday 17th August. Once closed, the facility to submit will not be available.

The information shared by you in this consultation will be used solely for the purposes of policy development and handled in accordance with data protection legislation. An analysis of submissions received as part of the public consultation may be published online, to include a list of organisations and representative bodies that responded. Comments submitted by individuals may be used in the final consultation report but these will be anonymised.  All personal data is securely stored and subject to data protection laws and policies. For more information, see http://health.gov.ie/data-protection/.

In addition, all submissions received by the Department are subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2014 and may be released in response to an FOI request. The Department publishes the text of FOI requests on FOI disclosure logs on the Department’s website.

 

 

 

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Closed Consultations

 

Consultation on Personal Possession of Illegal Drugs

A Working Group was established under the national drug strategy ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery’ to examine alternative approaches for the possession of illegal drugs for personal use.

The Working Group has been asked to make recommendations to Ministers for Health and Justice and Equality within 12 months.

To help inform their deliberations, the Working Group would like to receive the views of the public on the effectiveness of the current law and on what alternatives could be considered.

Have Your Say – complete the online questionnaire:

Personal Possession of Illegal Drugs

The questionnaire can be accessed on phone, tablet or computer and should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Closing date: 13th July 2018

Responses to this consultation are subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2014.

 

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Request for Submissions, Official Languages Act 2003

Preparation of a draft Language Scheme for the Department of Health for the period 2018 – 2021

The primary objective of the Official Languages Act 2003 is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through Irish. The Department of Health‘s language scheme covering the period 2015-2018 sets out the extent to which services are currently available through Irish, and identifies areas for future enhancement and is available on the Department’s website at The Language Scheme 2015-2018 / Scéim na Roinne Sláinte 2015-2018.

In accordance with Section 15 of the Official Languages Act 2003 the Department is now reviewing this scheme and preparing a new draft scheme for the period 2018 – 2021. The Department wishes to invite submissions in relation to the draft scheme from any interested parties. Submissions should be written and sent electronically to mary_o’reilly@health.gov.ie by the deadline of Thursday 12 July 2018.

Alternatively they may be posted to:

Mary O’ Reilly

Department of Health

Hawkins House

Hawkins Street

Dublin 2

 

Information in relation to the mandate and role/services of the Department is available on the Department’s website www.health.gov.ie.

Further information in relation to the Official Languages Act 2003 is available on the website of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht www.chg.gov.ie .

All those making submissions should be aware that submissions received may be subject to requests for release under the Freedom of Information Acts.

May 2018

 

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Applications sought for Legislative Drafting/Settling Services

The Department of Health intends to establish a panel of legislative drafters who will provide a legislative drafting/settling service to the Department as set out in the Scope of Services. The drafting/settling services will be sought over a 12 month period (commencing in July 2018) and may be renewed thereafter for a period of one year subject to approval by the Department.

The Department is an approved body for the purposes of Direct Professional Access to the Bar.

The Panel will consist of up to ten drafters and selection will be based on the application forms received and the information provided therein. The Department reserves the right to seek samples of previous work from applicants on a confidential basis.

To apply, please submit a completed application in the format provided by email (typed applications only) to mary_o’reilly@health.gov.ie by close of business on Friday 6 July 2018. Applicants will be sent an email confirming receipt of their documentation once received and the selection process will commence on 9 July 2018 with successful candidates being notified within a week.

Closing date: by close of business on Friday 6 July 2018

Request for Tender document can be downloaded here.

HR Unit

Department of Health

Hawkins House

Dublin 2

 

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Geographical Alignment of Community Healthcare Organisations and Hospital Groups – Towards Integrated and Person-centred Care

The SláinteCare Report proposed the geographic alignment of Hospital Groups and Community Health Organisations (CHOs) as a critical enabler of delivering integrated, person-centred health and social care.  This public consultation forms part of a broader consultation process on the issue of geographical alignment. Given that the Department will be conducting further steps in the consultation process, this consultation questionnaire does not attempt address every aspect of geographical alignment.

We welcome all responses to this Public Consultation, as it will facilitate the Department of Health in considering what actions may be taken, and in a manner which is reflective of the broadest possible range of views from stakeholders and members of the public. This stage in the process is particularly aimed at organisations and service providers. However, everyone with an interest in this issue is welcome to participate.

Structure of the Consultation Questionnaire
There are four sections in this Consultation Questionnaire:
Section 1 Participant Information
Section 2 The importance of Geographic Alignment of Hospital Groups and CHOs
Section 3 How to Achieve Geographic Alignment of Hospital Groups and CHOs
Section 4 Towards Integrated Health and Social Care – Opportunities for the Future

Online Questionnaire

How to Make a Submission to this Public Consultation
Online and written submissions are welcome. The online Consultation Questionnaire is compatible with personal computers (PCs), Tablets, and Smartphones. Online submissions should be submitted no later than 5pm, 23 May 2018.

For reference a PDF version of the questionnaire is available here.

If you would like to submit a paper copy of this Consultation Questionnaire,  you can request a paper copy to be sent to you by contacting geoalignment@health.gov.ie or  Research Services Unit, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Hawkins Street, Dublin 2, D02 VW90 Or by calling: (01) 6354185 or (01) 6354047

Written, paper submissions should be posted to the address above, to arrive no later than 23 May 2018.

You can also contact the Department if you have any questions about this public consultation.

The information shared by you in this consultation will be used solely for the purposes of policy development and handled in accordance with data protection legislation. An analysis of submissions received as part of the public consultation will be published online which will include a list of organisations and representative bodies that responded. Comments submitted by individuals may be used in the final consultation report but these will be anonymised.
All personal data is securely stored and subject to data protection laws and policies. For more information, see http://health.gov.ie/data-protection/

Please note that submissions received by the Department are subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and may be released in response to an FOI request.

Public Consultation on Geographic Alignment of Community Healthcare Organisations and Hospital Groups – Towards a Model of Integrated Person-centred Care.

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Consultation on the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health and personal social services

The Minister for Health has established an Independent Review Group to inquire into the role of voluntary organisations in the provision of health and personal social services. Dr Catherine Day chairs the group and Professor Jane Grimson and Professor Deirdre Madden serve as members of the group. The Minister has asked the group to look at current arrangements with regard to the role of voluntary agencies in the provision of services across the health and social care sector; to consider the issues currently arising and those likely to arise in the future; and to make recommendations on how the relationship between the State and voluntary organisations should evolve in the future.

Have your say: To help inform its analysis, the Independent Review Group is seeking the views of service providers, service users, the public, funders, regulators, and other interested parties. Please complete the online questionnaire. 

For reference a PDF version of the questionnaire is available here.

An easy read guide is available here. 

Closing date: The final date for return of the questionnaire is 5pm, Friday 11 May 2018

Structure of the Consultation Questionnaire:

Section 1 – Introduction

Section 2 – Your details

Section 3 – Strengths and weaknesses of voluntary organisations

Section 4 – Relationship between the State and voluntary organisations. (This section covers the HSE, reporting arrangements, wider health system developments, and the role of the Department of Health.)

Section 5 – Funding arrangements

Section 6 – Governance

Section 7 – Legal classification of voluntary organisations

Section 8 – Smaller Section 39 organisations

Section 9 – Ethos

Section 10 – Any other issues

While we would encourage people to complete the online questionnaire at the link above, you can request that a Microsoft Word™ version or paper copy of this consultation questionnaire be sent to you by contacting the Secretariat to the Independent Review Group at voluntaryorganisationsconsultation@health.gov.ie, by telephone at 01-6354418 or at the following postal address:

Secretariat to the Independent Review Group established to examine the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health and social services in Ireland

Room 4.24

Department of Health

Hawkins House

Dublin 2

D02 VW90

The Secretariat is also available to answer any queries relating to this consultation.

If you wish to make a submission rather than completing the consultation questionnaire, please ensure it is set out in accordance with the structure above and email it to voluntaryorganisationsconsultation@health.gov.ie by 5pm, 11 May 2018. While submissions that do not follow this format will be accepted we cannot guarantee that all elements will be included in the consultation analysis.

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Consultation on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Proposals

The Department of Health has drafted preliminary draft Heads of Bill on deprivation of liberty safeguards which will form a new part of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

The provisions are intended to provide safeguards for older people, persons with a disability and certain categories of people with mental health illness to ensure that they are not unlawfully deprived of their liberty in residential facilities.

To help inform this process, the Department is seeking written submissions from interested parties and the general public on the proposals.

Have Your Say: The preliminary draft Heads of Bill are available for download here and the accompanying consultation paper is available to download here.

Submissions should be made by e-mail to deprivationofliberty@health.gov.ie  or

by post to:

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Consultation

Room 204

Department of Health

Hawkins House

Hawkins Street

Dublin 2, D02 VW90

If you would like a paper copy of this consultation paper or the draft Heads sent to you, please contact the Department of Health at the address above or by:

Email:     deprivationofliberty@health.gov.ie

Phone: (01) 6354402 or (01) 6354732

Please also contact the Department if you have any questions in regard to this public consultation.

Closing Date for Submission: Friday, 9th March 2018.

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Consultation on Private Practice in Public Hospitals

The Minister for Health has established an Independent Review Group to conduct an impact analysis on the separation of private practice from the public acute hospital system. He has asked them to consider to practical approaches that can be taken to removing private practice from public hospitals, the impacts that this will have, what timeframe might apply and how to phase it over time. The Review Group has also been asked to make recommendations to the Minister for Health as the Group may see fit.

Have Your Say: To help inform their analysis, the Independent Review Group would like to receive written submissions from members of the public and from interested parties on the current arrangements in relation to private practice in public acute hospitals; on the future direction that might apply; and on suggestions in relation to transitional arrangements to give effect to the future direction. In particular, the Group invites submissions related to the following themes:

  • Eligibility, access and equity
  • Current and future funding arrangements
  • Legislative and legal issues
  • Operational matters including specialist services
  • Recruitment and retention of personnel; and
  • Practical approaches to removing private practice from public hospitals including timeframe and phasing.

Submissions should be made by e-mail to IRGPrivatePublic@health.gov.ie or by post to

Secretary to the Expert Review Group examining Private Practice in Public Hospitals

C/O Room 424

Department of Health

Hawkins House

Hawkins Street

Dublin 2, D02 VW90

 

Freedom of Information

Responses to this consultation are subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Parties should note that responses to this consultation may be published on the Department of Health website at http://health.gov.ie/consultations/ after the deadline for receiving submissions.

It is important to be aware that, unless you clearly identify any commercially or personally sensitive information in your submission, you are making the submission on the basis that you consent to it being made available in full. If you consider any information you provide to be confidential or commercially sensitive, please indicate so in your response.

Closing Date for Submission: 5 pm on Friday, 9th February 2018.