Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Department of Health

Clinical Indemnity Scheme

9:00 pm

Photo of Billy KelleherBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 687: To ask the Minister for Health the provisions that are in place for insuring doctors working in Irish hospitals, particularly for those hours that exceed the limit imposed by the EU working time directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7933/12]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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The Clinical Indemnity Scheme (CIS) indemnifies public hospitals, doctors, nurses, nurse midwives and allied healthcare professionals in relation to the provision of their professional medical services. Once a doctor is providing his/her professional medical services for and on behalf of his/her employing public hospital, whether his/her hours exceed the limit imposed by the EU Working Time Directive, that doctor continues to be indemnified by the CIS. e principle of Enterprise liability, which underpins the CIS, ensures that the doctor is covered, vicariously, for all professional medical services provided by him/her on behalf of his/her employing hospital.

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