Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018

Report by Executive on operation of reviews

18. (1) The Executive shall, not later than 30 June in each year, prepare and submit to the Minister a report on the operation of reviews under this Part in the immediately preceding year, and the Minister shall, as soon as may be after receiving the report, cause copies of the report to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

(2) Notwithstanding the generality of subsection (1), a report under this section shall, in respect of the year that is the subject of the report, include information on—

(a) the total number of applications for review under section 13 (2) received by the Executive,

(b) the number of reviews carried out,

(c) in the case of the reviews carried out, the reason why the review was sought, and

(d) the outcome of the reviews.

(3) In preparing a report under this section, the Executive shall exclude from the report information that identifies, or that could reasonably lead to the identification of—

(a) a woman who has made an application for review under section 13 (2), or in respect of whom such an application has been made by a person acting on her behalf,

(b) a person who has made an application for review under section 13 (2) on behalf of a pregnant woman, or

(c) a medical practitioner who has—

(i) made a relevant decision,

(ii) carried out a review,

(iii) complied with a direction under section 17 (1) or otherwise assisted a committee in a review, or

(iv) carried out a termination of pregnancy following a review.

(4) The Executive shall arrange for a report laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas in accordance with subsection (1) to be published in such form and manner as it thinks appropriate as soon as practicable after copies of the report are so laid.