Written answers

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Department of Health and Children

Proposed Legislation

7:00 pm

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Dublin South East, Labour)
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Question 26: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if she will provide a list of the legislation being contemplated or proposed within her Department; the proposed short title or working title of the legislation; an outline of the objects of the legislation being considered, and in each case if the general scheme of the Bill has or has not been approved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4016/11]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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Earlier this month the Government Chief Whip announced a break with the usual practice of publishing a full legislative programme at the start of a Dáil session as the current session will be interrupted by a general election. In place of this, the Government set out a legislative work programme for the remainder of this Dáil. As this did not include the publication of specific health Bills, a list of health legislative proposals from the Government legislative programme for Autumn 2010 is set out below. This list excludes the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill 2011 which has since been published.

The general scheme of the Health Information Bill was approved by Government in June 2009. The heads of the other Bills listed below have yet to be approved by Government.

Working Title of LegislationObject
Health Information BillTo provide a legislative framework for the governance of information in the health sector.
Reference Pricing for Drugs BillTo introduce a system of reference pricing and generic substitution for drugs prescribed under the GMS and community drug schemes.
National Vetting Bureau BillTo provide a statutory basis for the vetting of applicants for employment and employees, including vetting to identify, in particular, information relating to the endangerment or sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable adults.
Ryan Implementation BillTo implement recommendations of Ryan Report including matters related to "Children First".
Mental Health (Amendment) BillTo make technical amendments to the Mental Health Act 2001.
Medical Practitioners (Amendment) BillTo make it mandatory for registration purposes for doctors to have clinical indemnity/insurance.
Health Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillTo provide for a new risk equalisation scheme for health insurance.
Human Tissue BillTo regulate the removal, retention, storage, use and disposal of human tissue from deceased persons and consent for the use of donated tissue from living persons for the purpose of transplantation and research.
Public Health (Sunbeds) BillTo introduce a number of measures to regulate the use of sunbeds including a prohibition of their use by those under 18 years of age.
Licensing of Health Facilities BillTo provide for a mandatory system of licensing for public and private healthcare facilities.
Public Health (Alcohol Labelling Provisions) BillTo provide for the inclusion of health advice/warnings on alcohol drink containers (bottles, cans) and on promotional materials.
Eligibility for Health and Personal Social Services BillTo clarify the eligibility framework relating to health and personal social services.
Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) BillTo make technical amendments to the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.
Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillTo provide for subsuming the Opticians Board into the Health and Social Care Professionals Council.

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