Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Children's Health Bill 2018: [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] Report and Final Stages
This is a Seanad Bill which has been amended by the Dáil. In accordance with Standing Order 148, it is deemed to have passed its First, Second and Third Stages in the Seanad and is placed on the Order Paper for Report Stage. On the question "That the Bill be received for final consideration", the Minister may explain the purpose of the amendment made by the Dáil. This is looked upon as the report of the Dáil amendment to the Seanad. For Senators' convenience, I have arranged for the printing and circulation of the amendment. Senators may speak only once on the amendment. I remind Senators that the only matter that may be discussed is the amendment made by the Dáil.
I thank Senators for their input to date. We are back to Report Stage on the amendment of a Bill that originated in this House and has been accepted in the Dáil. I am back to seek approval to accept that amendment. The amendment provides for the inclusion of "mental health" in section 6(1). It will now read, in part: "The object of Children’s Health Ireland is to improve, promote and protect the health, mental health and well-being of children". As the House knows, the objective of this Bill is to create a new body which will be responsible for the governance and management of the new children's hospital and associated outpatient and urgent care centres being developed in Connolly and Tallaght hospitals. The new children's hospital will include the facilities of a new 20-bed child and adolescent mental health inpatient unit. This unit will operate under the governance of he HSE rather than Children's Health Ireland. However, in providing services for which the new body will have responsibility, it will be mindful of children's mental health needs.I am looking for the support of the House to accept this amendment.