Our Healthcare Team provide healthcare law advice to our clients in the healthcare sector. Our Corporate Charity team fully understands the diverse legal issues that arise for healthcare providers and their boards. With extensive experience in the Irish healthcare sector, we advise public and private hospitals, hospices and other voluntary healthcare providers on structuring and corporate governance relevant to them. We actively participate at board level in these organisations.
We regularly advise hospitals and other organisations on proposed mergers and changes to the structure within which they currently provide their services.
We assist charitable healthcare providers in ensuring that they meet their obligations under the Charities Act 2009, including the completion of an annual return and the maintenance of their details on the Charities Register. For hospitals that hold a charitable tax exemption, we regularly advise on the regulatory and compliance obligations imposed by the Revenue Commissioners.
We regularly assist section 38 and 39 agencies to meet the governance standards required of them, including obligations arising under their Annual Compliance Statement and Service Arrangement with the HSE together with the laws, codes and good governance practices referred to within them. Such assistance includes ensuring that the governing instrument of the organisation is up-to-date, meets the standards required by the HSE and reflects principles of good governance. We have also assisted hospitals to implement robust codes of governance and to restructure themselves in the manner required either by the HSE or by good governance principles more generally.
We authored a Compliance Manual which section 38 and section 39 agencies can use to demonstrate their compliance with each of the requirements of the Annual Compliance Statement, including board and corporate governance arrangements, Department of Health circulars and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform circulars.
We carry out diligence review exercises for our healthcare provider clients, where we review and advise them of any areas of non-compliance with best practice in their governance structure and compliance with required relevant laws. We work with our colleagues in other teams to give tailored advice relating to healthcare law, commercial contracts, data protection, privacy and contract terms, procurement, employment and pensions law and property law, among other things, and suggest and assist in implementing improved policies, processes and procedures.
We advise hospitals and their boards in a number of areas: