Health Act, 2004
|Publication Date:||January 01, 2004|
Health Act 2004
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.
[17 December 2004]
BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:
1 Short title, collective citation and construction.
(1) This Act may be cited as the Health Act 2004.
(2) The Health Acts 1947 to 2001 and this Act may be cited together as the Health Acts 1947 to 2004 and shall be construed together as one.
(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
“Act of 1996” means the Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 1996;
“Act of 1999” means the Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act 1999;
“annual report” means a report prepared under section 37;
“appointed member” means a member of the Board other than the chief executive officer;
“Area Health Board” has the same meaning as in the Act of 1999;
“Board” means the Board of the Executive;
“carer” means a person who provides care for another person, but who is not employed to do so by any body in the performance of its functions under an enactment;
“chairperson” means the chairperson of the Board;
“chief executive officer” means the person holding the position of chief executive officer or interim chief executive officer of the Executive;
“clinical judgment” means a decision made or opinion formed in connection with the diagnosis, care or treatment of a patient;
“Eastern Regional Health Authority” means the body of that name established by section 7 of the Act of 1999;
“enactment” means a statute or an instrument made under a power conferred by a statute;
“establishment day” means the day appointed by the Minister under section 4 to be the establishment day for the purposes of this Act;
“Executive” means the Health Service Executive established under section 6;
“functions” includes powers and duties and references to the performance of functions include, with respect to powers and duties, references to the exercise of the powers and the carrying out of duties;
“health board” means a health board established under section 4(1) of the Health Act 1970;
“health and personal social services” means services that immediately before the establishment day were provided under the Acts referred to in Schedule 1 by a specified body as defined in section 56 of this Act, and references in this Act to a health or personal social service are to be read as references to any of those services;
“Interim Health Service Executive” means the body of that name established under the Health (Corporate Bodies) Act 1961;
“local authority” has the same meaning as in the Local Government Act 2001;
“member” in relation to the Board includes the chairperson and the chief executive officer;
“Minister” means Minister for Health and Children;
“ordinary member” means a member of the Board other than the chairperson or the chief executive officer;
“prescribed” means prescribed by regulation made by the Minister;
“public authority” means any of the following:
(a) a Minister of the Government;
(b) the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland;
(c) a local authority;
(d) a harbour authority within the meaning of the Harbours Act 1946;
(e) a board or other body (but not a company) established by or under statute;
(f) a company in which all the shares are held by or on behalf of, or by directors appointed by, a Minister of the Government;
(g) a company in which all the shares are held by a board, company or other body referred to in paragraph (e) or (f);
(h) such other body, if any, as is prescribed for the purpose of any provision of this Act;
“service provider” means a person who enters into an arrangement under section 38 to provide a health or personal social service on behalf of the Executive;
“superannuation benefit” means a pension, gratuity or other allowance payable on resignation, retirement or death.
(2) In this Act—
(a) a reference to a section, Part or Schedule is a reference to a section or Part of, or a Schedule to, this Act, unless it is indicated that reference to some other enactment is intended,
(b) a reference to a subsection, paragraph or subparagraph is a reference to the subsection, paragraph or subparagraph of the provision in which the reference occurs, unless it is indicated that reference to some other enactment is intended, and
(c) a reference to an enactment includes a reference to that enactment as amended, adapted or extended at any time by any enactment.
(1) This Act comes into operation on such day or days as the Minister may, by order, appoint.
(2) Different days may be appointed under this section for different purposes or different provisions of this Act and for the repeal or revocation of different enactments by section 73 and Schedule 4.
4 Establishment day.
The Minister shall, by order, appoint a day to be the establishment day for the purposes of this Act.
The expenses incurred by the Minister in administering this Act are, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister for Finance, payable out of money provided by the Oireachtas.
Establishment and Functions of the Health Service Executive
6 Establishment of Executive.
(1) On the establishment day a body to be known as Feidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte or in the English language as the Health Service Executive is, by this Act, established to perform the functions assigned to it by this Act.
(2) The Executive is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a seal and may—
(a) sue and be sued in its corporate name,
(b) subject to the Health Acts 1947 to 2001, acquire, hold and dispose of land or an interest in land, and
(c) acquire, hold and dispose of any other kind of property.
(3) Paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 applies in relation to the seal of the Executive.
7 Object and functions of Executive.
(1) The object of the Executive is to use the resources available to it in the most beneficial, effective and efficient manner to improve, promote and protect the health and welfare of the public.
(2) Subject to this Act, the Executive shall, to the extent practicable, further its object.
(3) Without limiting the Executive's responsibilities under subsection (2) or (4), it has—
(a) the functions transferred to it by section 59 or by an order under section 70, and
(b) such other functions as are assigned to it by this Act or any other enactment.
(4) The Executive shall manage and shall deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services in accordance with this Act and shall—
(a) integrate the delivery of health and personal social services,
(b) to the extent practicable and necessary to enable the Executive to perform its functions, facilitate the education and training of—
(i) students training to be registered medical practitioners, nurses or other health professionals, and
(ii) its employees and the employees of service providers,
(c) provide advice to the Minister in relation to its functions as the Minister may request.
(5) In performing its functions, the Executive shall have regard to—
(a) services provided by voluntary and other bodies that are similar or ancillary to the services the Executive is authorised to provide,
(b) the need to co-operate with, and co-ordinate its activities with those of, other public authorities if the performance of their functions affects or could affect the health of the public,
(c) the policies and objectives of the Government or any Minister of the Government to the extent that those policies and objectives may affect or relate to the functions of the Executive,
(d) the resources, wherever originating, that are available to it for the purpose of performing its functions, and
(e) the need to secure the most beneficial, effective and efficient use of those resources.
(6) The Executive may undertake, commission or collaborate in research projects on issues relating to health and personal social services, but, in considering whether to do so, it shall have regard to any decision by another body or person within the State to undertake, commission or collaborate in such projects.
(7) The power given by subsection (6) includes the power to collaborate in research projects involving parties from outside the State.
(8) Subject to this or any other enactment, the Executive has all powers necessary or expedient for it to perform its functions.
8 Agreements between Executive and public authorities concerning performance of functions.
(1) If any function of a public authority should, in its opinion, be performed (whether generally or in a particular case) by the Executive and the Executive is able and willing to perform the function, the Executive and that authority...
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