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Health Act 2004

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Number 42 of 2004


HEALTH ACT 2004


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART 1

Preliminary Matters

Section

1.

Short title, collective citation and construction.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Commencement.

4.

Establishment day.

5.

Expenses.

PART 2

Establishment and Functions of the Health Service Executive

6.

Establishment of Executive.

7.

Object and functions of Executive.

8.

Agreements between Executive and public authorities concerning performance of functions.

9.

Informal arrangements between Executive and local authorities concerning performance of functions.

10.

Directions from Minister.

PART 3

The Board of the Health Service Executive

11.

Membership of Board.

12.

Role of Board.

13.

Conditions of office.

14.

Removal of members from office.

15.

Committees of Board.

16.

Remuneration and expenses of members of Board and committees.

PART 4

Chief Executive Officer

17.

Appointment of chief executive officer.

18.

Functions of chief executive officer and their performance by deputy.

19.

Delegation of functions.

20.

Chief executive officer to be accounting officer.

21.

Attendance of chief executive officer before Oireachtas Committees.

PART 5

Employees and Advisers

22.

Employees of Executive.

23.

Superannuation.

24.

Advisers.

PART 6

Standards and Disqualifications

25.

Standards of integrity.

26.

Unauthorised disclosure of confidential information.

27.

Disqualification resulting from membership of either House of Oireachtas, European Parliament or local authority.

PART 7

Accountability

28.

Interpretation (Part 7).

29.

Executive to prepare and submit corporate plan for Minister's approval.

30.

Publication and implementation of approved corporate plan.

31.

Executive to prepare and submit service plan for Minister's approval.

32.

Amendment of approved service plan.

33.

Implementation of approved service plan.

34.

Minister's permission needed for major capital spending.

35.

Code of governance.

36.

Accounts of Executive.

37.

Annual report.

38.

Arrangements with service providers.

39.

Assistance for certain bodies.

40.

Gifts.

PART 8

Public Representation and User Participation

41.

National Health Consultative Forum.

42.

Regional health forums.

43.

Mechanisms (including advisory panels) to enable Executive to consult with local communities and others.

44.

Other advisory panels to be established on Minister's direction.

PART 9

Complaints

45.

Definitions (Part 9).

46.

Who may make complaints.

47.

Time limit for making complaints.

48.

Matters excluded from right to complain.

49.

Complaint and review procedures to be established.

50.

Refusal to investigate or further investigate complaints.

51.

Restriction on type of recommendations complaints officers may make and power to suspend implementation of recommendations.

52.

Adherence to complaint and review procedures to be condition of arrangements with service providers.

53.

Minister to make regulations for purposes of this Part.

54.

Referral of complaints to Ombudsman or Ombudsman for Children.

55.

Annual report to include report on complaints and reviews.

PART 10

Dissolution of Certain Health Bodies and the Transfer of their Functions and Employees, etc., to the Executive

56.

Definitions (Part 10).

57.

Dissolution of Comhairle na nOspidéal and transfer of its functions.

58.

Dissolution of health boards and other specified bodies.

59.

Transfer of functions of specified bodies to Executive.

60.

Transfer of employees of specified bodies to Executive.

61.

Transfer of pension liabilities relating to former employees of specified bodies.

62.

Transfer of property and liabilities to Executive.

63.

Preservation of contracts, etc., and adaptation of references.

64.

Pending legal proceedings.

65.

Preservation of orders, notices, rules, records, etc.

66.

References to specified bodies.

67.

Functional areas of dissolved health boards.

68.

References to chief executives of dissolved health boards.

69.

References to deputy chief executives of dissolved health boards.

70.

Dissolution of bodies established under Health (Corporate Bodies) Act 1961.

71.

Final accounts of specified bodies and other dissolved bodies.

72.

Executive to prepare final annual report for specified bodies and other dissolved bodies.

PART 11

Repeals, Transitional Provisions and Amendment of Other Acts

73.

Repeals and revocations.

74.

Savings and transitional provisions.

75.

Amendment of other Acts.

PART 12

Miscellaneous Provisions

76.

Effect of delegation and subdelegation of functions.

77.

Certificate evidence concerning delegation of functions.

78.

General power to make regulations and orders.

79.

Regulations relating to members of either House of Oireachtas.

80.

Laying of regulations and orders before Houses of Oireachtas.

SCHEDULE 1

Acts Referred to in Definition of Health and Personal Social Services

SCHEDULE 2

Miscellaneous Provisions Relating to the Executive and the Board

SCHEDULE 3

Transfer of Functions and References to Functional Areas

SCHEDULE 4

Repeals and Revocations

SCHEDULE 5

Savings and Transitional Provisions

SCHEDULE 6

Amendment of Other Acts

SCHEDULE 7


Acts Referred to

Adoption Act 1952

1952, No. 25

Adoption Act 1988

1988, No. 30

Adoption Act 1991

1991, No. 14

Adoption Act 1998

1998, No. 10

Adoption Acts 1952 to 1988

 

Adoption Acts 1952 to 1998

 

Adoptive Leave Act 1995

1995, No. 2

Births and Deaths Registration Acts l863 to 1996

 

Blind Persons Act 1920

1920, c.49

Carer's Leave Act 2001

2001, No. 19

Child Abduction and Enforcement of Custody Orders Act 1991

1991, No. 6

Child Care Act 1991

1991, No. 17

Child Care Acts 1991 and 2001

 

Children Act 1997

1997, No. 40

Children Act 2001

2001, No. 24

Children Acts 1908 and 1989

 

Civil Registration Act 2004

2004, No. 3

Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Compellability, Privileges and Immunities of Witnesses) Act 1997

1997, No. 17

Companies Act 1990

1990, No. 33

Comptroller and Auditor General Acts 1866 to 1998

 

Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993

1993, No. 8

Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003

 

Dentists Act 1985

1985, No. 9

Domestic Violence Act 1996

1996, No. 1

Domestic Violence Acts 1996 and 2002

 

Education Act 1998

1998, No. 51

Education (Welfare) Act 2000

2000, No. 22

Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004

2004, No. 30

Ethics in Public Office Act 1995

1995, No. 22

European Communities Act 1972

1972, No. 27

European Parliament Elections Act 1997

1997, No. 2

Family Law Act 1995

1995, No. 26

Family Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1997

1997, No. 18

Family Law (Maintenance of Spouses and Children) Act 1976

1976, No. 11

Finance Acts 1989 to 2002

 

Freedom of Information Act 1997

1997, No. 13

Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003

 

Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act 1998

1998, No. 29

Guardianship of Infants Act 1964

1964, No. 7

Harbours Act 1946

1946, No. 9

Health Act 1947

1947, No. 28

Health Act 1953

1953, No. 26

Health Act 1970

1970, No. 1

Health Acts 1947 to 1953

 

Health Acts 1947 to 2001

 

Health (Amendment) Act 2004

2004, No. 19

Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 1996

1996, No. 32

Health (Corporate Bodies) Act 1961

1961, No. 27

Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act 1999

1999, No. 13

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2001

2001, No. 14

Health (Nursing Homes) Act 1990

1990, No. 23

Housing Act 1988

1988, No. 28

Housing Acts 1966 to 2002

 

Housing (Miscellaneous Pro visions) Act 1997

1997, No. 21

Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998

1998, No. 33

Immigration Act 1999

1999, No. 22

Immigration Act 2003

2003, No. 26

International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs Act 1987

1987, No. 20

Irish Medicines Board Act 1995

1995, No. 29

Licensing of Indoor Events Act 2003

2003, No. 15

Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act 1926

1926, No. 39

Local Government Act 2001

2001, No. 37

Maternity Protection Act 1994

1994, No. 34

Marriages (Ireland) Act 1844

1844, c. 81

Medical Practitioners Acts 1978 to 2002

 

Mental Health Act 2001

2001, No. 25

Mental Health Acts 1945 to 2001

 

Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 2001

 

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977

1977, No. 12

Misuse of Drugs Act 1984

1984, No. 18

Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984

 

National Beef Assurance Scheme Act 2000

2000, No. 2

National Development Finance Agency Act 2002

2002, No. 29

Notification of Births Acts 1907 and 1915

 

Nurses Act 1985

1985, No. 18

Ombudsman Act 1980

1980, No. 26

Ombudsman Acts 1980 to 1984

 

Ombudsman for Children Act 2002

2002, No. 22

Organisation of Working Time Act 1997

1997, No. 20

Parental Leave Act 1998

1998, No. 30

Protection of Children (Hague Convention) Act 2000

2000, No. 37

Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003

2003, No. 29

Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act 2001

2001, No. 45

Protection of the Environment Act 2003

2003, No. 27

Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998

1998, No. 49

Poisons Act 1961

1961, No. 12

Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2002

2002, No. 6

Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2004

2004, No. 6

Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002 and 2004

 

Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004

2004, No. 33

Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act 1919

1919, c. 72

Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2003

 

Refugee Act 1996

1996, No. 17

Registration of Marriages (Ireland) Act 1863

1863, c. 90

Registration of Maternity Homes Act 1934

1934, No. 14

Residential Tenancies Act 2004

2004, No. 27

Sex Offenders Act 2001

2001, No. 18

Social Welfare Acts

 

Standards in Public Office Act 2001

2001, No. 31

State Lands (Workhouses) Act 1930

1930, No. 9

State Lands (Workhouses) Act 1962

1962, No. 8

Tobacco (Health Promotion and Protection) Act 1988

1988, No. 24

Tobacco Products (Control of Advertising, Sponsorship and Sales Promotion) Act 1978

1978, No. 27

Unfair Dismissals Act 1977

1977, No. 10

Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2001

 

Unfair Dismissals (Amendment) Act 1993

1993, No. 22

Vocational Education Act 1930

1930, No. 29

Youth Work Act 2001

2001, No. 42

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Number 42 of 2004


HEALTH ACT 2004


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A BODY TO BE KNOWN AS FEIDHMEANNACHT NA SEIRBHÍSE SLÁINTE OR IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AS THE HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF THE EASTERN REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, THE NORTHERN AREA HEALTH BOARD, THE EAST COAST AREA HEALTH BOARD, THE SOUTHWESTERN AREA HEALTH BOARD, THE HEALTH BOARDS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE HEALTH ACT 1970 AND CERTAIN OTHER BODIES; TO PROVIDE FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE DISSOLVED BODIES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES TO THE HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE; TO ESTABLISH MECHANISMS FOR INVOLVING PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES, USERS OF HEALTH AND PERSONAL SOCIAL SERVICES AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN MATTERS RELATING TO THOSE SERVICES; TO ESTABLISH A STATUTORY FRAMEWORK FOR HANDLING CERTAIN COMPLAINTS RELATING TO HEALTH AND PERSONAL SOCIAL SERVICES; TO ESTABLISH MECHANISMS FOR THE FUTURE DISSOLUTION OF CERTAIN OTHER HEALTH BODIES AND FOR THE TRANSFER OF THEIR FUNCTIONS AND EMPLOYEES TO THE HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE; AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [17th December, 2004]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: