Govt plans to give HIQA power to cancel hospital licences

Minister for Health Simon Harris will bring legislation to Cabinet today that will set patient safety standards for both public and private hospitals.

The new system will see all hospitals having to apply to the Health Information and Quality Authority for a licence and it will be an offence to operate a hospital without one - writes

Thelegislation will give HIQA the power to cancel a hospital's licence and to force its closure if it isnot delivering the safest possible service.

It will allow HIQA to attach conditions to a licence and it can order detailed improvement plans to be submitted.

Acute public hospitals are currently inspected by HIQA but thenew measures will see standards set for all hospitals around patient safety and clinical governance.

This will be underpinned by ongoing monitoring which will be carried out by HIQA.

The Department of Health believes that concerns expressed in the past about some providers of plastic surgery would be addressed by thenew legislation, asit would for the first time put in place core standards for all hospitals.

After the Cabinet meeting the bill will be referred to the Oireachtas Health Committee.

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