Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Joint Committee On Health

General Scheme of the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2021: Department of Health

Mr. Seamus Hempenstall:

What I could do for the Senator is to get figures on the budget the commission has at the moment and the number of inspections it does in order to see if we can work something out there. The commission has a programme of inspections based on a range of criteria. I presume it knows how long it takes for each inspection, and it has resources assigned to it. Going forward, I would have thought that as we extend the commission's remit based on the legislation and regulations that there may well be different formats of investigation or inspection depending on the type of facility. Perhaps I am splitting hairs here, but I do not think it would be fair to say that based on this costing, this is how much we envisage that another thing would cost in the future.