The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is the independent regulatory authority charged with ensuring high-quality and safe care for people using our health and social care services in Ireland. The purpose of regulation is to safeguard and support the delivery of person-centred care to vulnerable people of any age who are receiving residential care services and to ensure that their health, well-being and quality of life is promoted and protected. I support the work of HIQA in this regard.
My Department has no role in the regulation of individual services but continues to liaise closely with HIQA in terms of the broader regulatory framework for the health and social care sector established under the Health Act.
I particularly welcome that all designated centres for people with disabilities are now registered with HIQA indicating that they have met the mandatory standards set by the regulator.