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Legislative Measures

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (634)

Seán Crowe


634. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Health if he will release the official advice he received from his Departmental officials that indicates that the chair of the review body into the Health Act 2018 should be appointed following a tendering process. [61647/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Review of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 commenced on the 8 December 2021. The Review comprises of 2 main phases. As part of the first phase of the review, information and evidence on the effectiveness and operation of the Act will be collected from women who use the service, health professionals that provide the service and the public.

The second phase of the review will be led by an independent Chair who will assess the extent to which the objectives of the Act have been achieved, analysing in that regard the findings of the three strands of information, on the effectiveness and operation of the Act. Upon completion of the review, a full report with any necessary recommendations will be submitted to the Minister for Health for consideration.

I would like to clarify for the Deputy that the person who will undertake the work on the Review will be providing a service on behalf of the Department and any contract for services is subject to public procurement rules.