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Health Act 2004
Establishment and Functions of the Health Service Executive
Establishment of Executive.
6.— (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.
Object and functions of Executive.
7.— (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—
(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.
Agreements between Executive and public authorities concerning performance of functions.
8.— (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 may enter into an agreement for the Executive to perform the function on the authority's behalf.
(2) If an agreement is entered into for the Executive to perform a function of a public authority, the Executive may—
(a) perform the function on behalf of the public authority in accordance with the agreement, and
(b) do any act or thing relating to the performance of that function that the public authority would be authorised by law to do if it performed the function.
(3) If any function of the Executive should, in its opinion, be performed (whether generally or in a particular case) by a public authority and that authority is able and willing to perform the function, the authority and the Executive may enter into an agreement for the authority to perform the function on the Executive's behalf.
(4) If an agreement is entered into for a public authority to perform a function of the Executive, the public authority may—
(a) perform the function on the Executive's behalf in accordance with the agreement, and
(b) do any act or thing relating to the performance of that function that the Executive would be authorised by law to do if it performed the function.
(5) An agreement under this section may contain terms and conditions relating to—
(a) the extent to which and the period for which a party to the agreement is authorised to perform the function of the other party to the agreement,
(b) the making of payments or the transfer of financial responsibility, and
(c) such other matters as are considered necessary to give effect to the agreement.
(6) An agreement under this section may provide for charges payable by the party on whose behalf the function is to be performed to the other party to the agreement.
(7) The power of a local authority to enter into an agreement under this section is a reserved function of the local authority.
Informal arrangements between Executive and local authorities concerning performance of functions.
9.— (1) If a local authority is of the opinion that it would be convenient if duties relating to its functions were carried out by an employee of the Executive, those duties may, without an agreement being entered into under section 8 , be assigned by the Executive to any of its employees in the same way as duties relating to its functions.
(2) If the Executive is of the opinion that it would be convenient if duties relating to its functions were carried out by an employee of a local authority, those duties may, without an agreement being entered into under section 8 , be assigned by the local authority to any of its employees in the same way as duties relating to the functions of the local authority.
(3) Duties assigned in accordance with this section may be carried out by the employees to whom they are so assigned.
Directions from Minister.
10.— (1) The Minister may issue general written directions to the Executive—
(a) for any purpose relating to this Act or any other enactment, and
(b) concerning any matter or thing referred to in this Act as specified or to be specified, or as determined or to be determined, by the Minister.
(2) In addition, the Minister may issue specific written directions to the Executive concerning the submission to the Minister, in such manner and within such period as the Minister may specify, of—
(a) reports on any matter relating to Part 7 or relating in any other way to the performance of the Executive's functions, even though such reports are the subject of a direction under subsection (1), and
(b) any information or statistics relating to the performance of the Executive's functions.
(3) Subsections (1) and (2) are not to be taken to limit a power to issue directions conferred on the Minister by any other provision of this Act.
(4) The Minister may, by written direction, amend or revoke any direction issued by the Minister under this Act.
(5) The Executive shall comply with a direction issued by the Minister under this Act.
(6) The Minister shall ensure that, within 21 days after issuing a direction under subsection (1) or (4), a copy of the direction is laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas.