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Healthcare Reform

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. 

Our Services

We advise hospitals and their boards in a number of areas:

  • Healthcare Law
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Data Protection
  • Privacy and Contract Terms
  • Procurement
  • Employment
  • Pensions Law
  • Property Law

Recent Work

  • Advised various healthcare providers on their proposed merger with other organisations, which advice includes all aspects of a large scale mergers & acquisitions transaction, but critically, the advice was tailored to the healthcare sector and the specific and additional issues that therefore need to be addressed. 
  • Advised a large group of Section 38 Agencies on the requirements of the Annual Compliance Statement, as issued by the HSE. We assist many of the Agencies with various aspects of the ongoing compliance with that Statement, to include – compliance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, the Governancecode.ie, the HIQA report on Tallaght Hospital (Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital), creation of standing orders and establishment of committees, code of conduct for directors and staff, and NFR-18 (Protecting the State’s Interest). 
  • Advised hospital clients on their adherence to the standards required by the HSE, including compliance with the Service Arrangement, Annual Compliance Statement, Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and the HSE Code of Governance. Recent work includes assisting hospital clients to prepare for the governance audit carried out by Deloitte on behalf of the HSE and assisting clients to respond to Deloitte’s reported findings.
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