Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (1066)

Peter Burke

Ceist:

1066. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health if he has given consideration to the benefits of merging organisations (details supplied) into one overarching medical professions regulator. [31510/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

There are no plans to merge the five regulators into one overarching medical professions regulator. The five regulators of medical professionals carry out a range of functions including setting educational standards for the respective professions, issuing codes of conduct and ethics, registration of professionals and investigation of complaints including in relation to fitness to practise. The Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Bill 2019, which is expected to progress to Committee Stage in early October, aims to harmonise certain practices across the regulators. The Bill includes important measures to increase efficiency and streamline processes, particularly in relation to registration and fitness to practise.