Health Act 2007

9.

Investigations by Authority.

9.— (1) The Authority may undertake an investigation as to the safety, quality and standards of the services described in section 8(1)(b) if the Authority believes on reasonable grounds that—

F22 [ (a) there is a serious risk

(i) to the health or welfare of a person receiving those services, or

(ii) of a failure to comply with the provisions of the Act of 2013,

and, ]

F23 [ (b) the risk may be the result of any act, failure to act or negligence on the part of

(i) the Executive,

(ii) the Agency,

(iii) a service provider to which paragraphs (a) or (b) of the definition of service provider applies,

(iv) a service provider to which paragraph (c) of the definition of service provider applies,

(v) the registered provider of a designated centre to which paragraphs (a)(ii), (iii) or (c) of the definition of designated centre applies,

(vi) the registered provider of a designated centre to which paragraphs (a)(i) or (b) of the definition of designated centre applies,

(vii) the person in charge of a designated centre referred to in subparagraph (v), if other than its registered provider,

(viii) the person in charge of a designated centre referred to in subparagraph (vi) if other than its registered provider. ]

F23 [ (2) The Minister may, if he or she believes on reasonable grounds that

(a) there is a serious risk of the kind mentioned in paragraph (a) of subsection (1), and

(b) the risk may be the result of any act, failure or negligence of the kind mentioned in paragraph (b)(i), (iii), (v) or (vii) of subsection (1),

require the Authority to undertake an investigation in accordance with this section. ]

F24 [ (2A) The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs may, if he or she believes on reasonable grounds that

(a) there is a serious risk of the kind mentioned in paragraph (a)(i) of subsection (1), and

(b) the risk may be the result of any act, failure or negligence mentioned in paragraph (b)(ii), (iv), (vi) or (viii) of subsection (1),

require the Authority to undertake an investigation in accordance with this section. ]

(3) The Authority must ensure that an investigation under this section does not interfere, or conflict, with the functions of other statutory bodies.

F25 [ (4) Where an investigation under this section is being undertaken in respect of a serious risk referred to in subsection (1)(a)(ii) and such risk relates to an appropriate institution, the Minister may, by notice in writing served on the person in charge of the appropriate institution, direct that person to ensure that, from the date, or the event, specified in the notice for the purpose

(a) a medical procedure referred to in section 7 (1) of the Act of 2013 is not carried out at the institution, or

(b) a medical procedure referred to in section 9 (1) of that Act is not carried out at the institution,

or both.

(5) Where

(a) the Minister has served a notice under subsection (4) on the person in charge of an appropriate institution, and

(b) subsequent to the service of the notice referred to in paragraph (a), the Minister believes that the serious risk concerned referred to in subsection (1)(a)(ii) that caused him or her to serve such notice is not, or is no longer, such serious risk (regardless of whether he or she comes to that belief during the course of, or after the conclusion of, the investigation concerned under this section),

the Minister shall, as soon as practicable after coming to the belief referred to in paragraph (b), by notice in writing served on the person in charge of that appropriate institution, revoke the notice referred to in paragraph (a) on the date, or the event, specified in the notice so served on that person.

(6) In this section

Act of 2013 means the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013;

appropriate institution has the meaning it has in the Act of 2013. ]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F22

Substituted (1.01.2014) by Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 (35/2013), s. 21(a), S.I. No. 537 of 2013.

F23

Substituted (1.01.2014) by Child and Family Agency Act 2013 (40/2013), s. 97 and sch. 2, part 20 item 3(a), (b), S.I. No. 502 of 2013.

F24

Inserted (1.01.2014) by Child and Family Agency Act 2013 (40/2013), s. 97 and sch. 2, part 20 item 3(b), S.I. No. 502 of 2013.

F25

Inserted (1.01.2014) by Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 (35/2013), s. 21(b), S.I. No. 537 of 2013.