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19 2004

Health (Amendment) Act 2004

PART 2

Health Boards

Amendment of section 4 of Principal Act.

4. —Section 4 of the Principal Act is amended by the deletion, in subsection (1), of the words “and, subject to subsection (2), shall specify the membership of each health board”, and the said subsection (1) as so amended is set out in the Table to this section.

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(1) For the administration of the health services in the State, the Minister shall after consultation with the Minister for Local Government by regulations establish such number of boards (to be known and in this Act referred to as health boards) as may appear to him to be appropriate, and by such regulations shall specify the title and define the functional area of each health board so established.

Amendment of section 5 of Principal Act.

5. —Section 5 of the Principal Act is amended by the insertion of the following subsection:

“(4) The seal of the board shall be authenticated by the signature of the chief executive officer of the board, or any person for the time being performing the functions of chief executive officer of the board, and the signature of another officer of the board authorised to act in that behalf.”.

Amendment of section 13 of Principal Act.

6. —(1) Section 13 of the Principal Act is amended by—

(a) the deletion, in paragraph (a) of subsection (2), of “, after consultation with the chairman of the health board (or, in his absence, the vice-chairman),”,

(b) the substitution, in paragraph (b) of that subsection, of “the Minister” for “the chairman of the health board (or, in his absence, the vice-chairman)”,

(c) the substitution, in paragraph (d) of that subsection, of “the Minister” for “the chairman of the health board with the consent of the Minister”, and

(d) the deletion, in subsection (9), of the words “after consultation with the chairman of the board or, in his absence, the vice-chairman of the board”,

and the said subsections (2) and (9) as so amended are set out in the Table to this subsection.

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(2) (a) Where a chief executive officer will for any reason, other than suspension from performance of his duties, be temporarily unable to act as such, he may appoint one of the other officers of that board to act as deputy chief executive officer for the duration of such inability.

(b) Where a chief executive officer has for any reason become temporarily unable to act as such and either he has not made an appointment under this subsection or an appointment made under this subsection, whether by such chief executive officer or otherwise, has become terminated under paragraph (d), or on account of the death or resignation of the appointee, the Minister may appoint one of the other officers of that board to act as deputy chief executive officer for the remainder of the duration of such inability.

(c) The Minister may specify classes of officers who may be appointed as deputy chief executive officer and any appointment under this subsection shall comply with any such specification.

(d) An appointment as deputy chief executive officer may at any time be terminated by the Minister.

(e) An appointment as deputy chief executive officer shall terminate on the chief executive officer ceasing to be such officer.

(9) A temporary appointment of a chief executive officer may be made by the Minister.

(2) Section 13 of the Principal Act is amended by the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (8):

“(8) The appointment of a chief executive officer pursuant to a recommendation of the Local Appointments Commissioners shall be a function of the Minister.”.

Amendment of section 22 of Principal Act.

7. —Section 22 of the Principal Act is amended, in subsection (1), by the deletion of the words “, after consultation with the chairman of the board or, in his absence, the vice-chairman of the board,”, and the said subsection (1) as so amended is set out in the Table to this section.

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(1) Whenever, in respect of an officer of a health board other than the chief executive officer, there is, in the opinion of the chief executive officer, reason to believe that the officer has misconducted himself in relation to his office or is otherwise unfit to hold office, the chief executive officer may suspend the officer from the performance of the duties of his office while the alleged misconduct or unfitness is being inquired into and any disciplinary action to be taken in regard thereto is being determined.

Amendment of section 23 of Principal Act.

8. —Section 23 of the Principal Act is amended, in subsection (1), by the substitution of “and (3)” for “to (4)”, and the said subsection (1) as so amended is set out in the Table to this section.

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(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), an officer or servant of a health board appointed under section 14 may be removed from being such officer or servant by the chief executive officer to the board.

Amendment of section 3 of Act of 1996.

9. —The Act of 1996 is amended by the substitution of the following section for section 3:

“3.—The functions of a health board shall be performed by its chief executive officer.”.

Amendment of section 4 of Act of 1996.

10. —Section 4 of the Act of 1996 is amended, in subsection (3), by the substitution of “functions” for “executive functions”, and the said subsection (3) as so amended is set out in the Table to this section.

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(3) A chief executive officer shall furnish the Minister with such information (including financial information) in relation to the performance of his or her functions as the Minister may from time to time require.

Amendment of section 6 of Act of 1996.

11. —Section 6 of the Act of 1996 is amended by—

(a) the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (3):

“(3) If a service plan is not submitted to the Minister in accordance with subsection (1), the Minister may, by direction in writing, require the chief executive officer of the health board concerned to submit a service plan to him or her—

(a) not later than 10 days from the receipt of the direction by the chief executive officer, or

(b) not later than such earlier date as may be specified in the direction,

and the chief executive officer of that health board shall comply with any such direction.”,

(b) the substitution, in subsection (1), of “make” for “adopt”, and

(c) the substitution, in subsection (6), of the words “direct the chief executive officer to make modifications to the service plan and the chief executive officer shall comply with any such direction” for “direct the health board or, in the case of a service plan submitted in accordance with subsection (4), the chief executive officer, to make modifications to the service plan and the board or the chief executive officer, as the case may be, shall comply with any such direction”,

and the said subsections (1) and (6) as so amended are set out in the Table to this section.

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(1) Subject to section 7(1)(a), a health board shall, within—

(a) 42 days, or

(b) such shorter period not being less than 21 days as the Minister may direct in any particular case,

of the receipt by the board of a determination, make and submit to the Minister a service plan.

(6) Where in the opinion of the Minister the service plan of a health board—

(a) does not contain such information as was specified under subsection (2),

(b) proposes net expenditure which exceeds the net expenditure as determined by the Minister, or

(c) is not in accordance with the policies and objectives of the Minister or of the Government in so far as they relate to the functions of the board,

the Minister may, not later than 21 days after the receipt by him or her of the service plan, direct the chief executive officer to make modifications to the service plan and the chief executive officer shall comply with any such direction.

Amendment of section 11 of Act of 1996.

12. —Section 11 of the Act of 1996 is amended by the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (3):

“(3) The annual financial statements of a health board shall be submitted to the Comptroller and Auditor General on or before the 1st day of April in the year immediately following the financial year to which they relate.”.

Amendment of section 14 of Act of 1996.

13. —Section 14 of the Act of 1996 is amended by—

(a) the substitution, in subsection (2), of “Minister” for “health board”,

(b) the substitution, in subsection (3), of “Minister” for “health board with the consent of the Minister”, and

(c) the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (5):

“(5) The appointment pursuant to a recommendation by the Local Appointments Commissioners and the removal of a chief executive officer in accordance with this section shall be a function of the Minister.”,

and the said subsections (2) and (3) as so amended are set out in the Table to this section.

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(2) A person appointed as chief executive officer after the commencement of this section shall hold office under a contract of service in writing with the Minister upon such terms and conditions (including terms and conditions relating to remuneration and expenses) as may be determined by the Minister with the consent of the Minister for Finance and specified in the contract.

(3) A chief executive officer to whom this section applies may be removed from office by the Minister in accordance with the terms and conditions of his or her contract of service.

Amendment of section 15 of Act of 1996.

14. —Section 15 of the Act of 1996 is amended by—

(a) the substitution, in subsection (1), of “make” for “adopt”, and

(b) the substitution, in subsection (4), of “making” for “adopting”,

and the said subsections (1) and (4) as so amended are set out in the Table to this section.

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(1) A health board shall, not later than the 30th day of June in each year, prepare and make a report (which shall be known as and in this section is referred to as an “annual report”) in relation to the performance of its functions during the preceeding year.

(4) As soon as may be after making an annual report, a health board shall submit a copy thereof to the Minister.

Amendment of Health Act 1947.

15. —(1) Section 78 of the Act of 1947 is amended, in subsection (1), by the substitution of the words “with the consent of the Minister” for “subject to any general directions given by the Minister with the consent of the Minister for Finance”, and the said subsection (1) as so amended is set out in the Table to this subsection.

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(1) A health board may, for the purpose of its powers and duties under this Act, acquire land either by agreement, with the consent of the Minister, or compulsorily under this Part of the Act and the Acts incorporated therewith.

(2) Section 89 of the Act of 1947 is amended, in subsection (1), by the substitution of the words “with the consent of the Minister” for “subject to any general directions given by the Minister with the consent of the Minister for Finance”, and the said subsection (1) as so amended is set out in the Table to this subsection.

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(1) A health board may, with the consent of the Minister, sell, exchange, let or otherwise dispose of any land vested in it.

(3) In this section “Act of 1947” means the Health Act 1947 .