Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Health

Health Services Access

Photo of Peter BurkePeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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799. To ask the Minister for Health when podiatrists will be permitted to resume services to clients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6858/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 (SI No. 121 of 2020) were signed by the Minister for Health on 7 April 2020.

Schedule 2 of the Regulations sets out essential services that are exempted from the restrictions and therefore can continue to be provided. This includes (at 15(b)) podiatry services as these services are provided by a member of a designated profession within the meaning of section 3 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (No. 27 of 2005).

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