Licensing of healthcare providers

The Department has prepared legislative proposals for a mandatory licensing system for public and private hospitals and other providers of high risk healthcare activities.  It is designed to improve patient safety by ensuring that providers do not operate below core standards, which are applied in a consistent and systematic way.

The general scheme of the Patient Safety (Licensing) Bill, was approved by Government in December 2017 and referred to the Oireachtas.  It is intended that this Bill will ensure the need for all hospitals to have strong clinical governance and patient safety operating frameworks in place in order to be granted and maintain a licence to provide health services.

General Scheme Patient Safety (Licensing) Bill

General Scheme of Health Information and Patient Safety Bill