Consultation On the Role of Voluntary Organisations in Publicly Funded Health and Personal Social Services Opens

The Minister for Health has established an Independent Review Group to inquire into the role of voluntary organisations in the provision of health and personal social services. Dr Catherine Day chairs the group and Professor Jane Grimson and Professor Deirdre Madden serve as members of the group.
The Minister has asked the group to look at current arrangements with regard to the role of voluntary agencies in the provision of services across the health and social care sector; to consider the issues currently arising and those likely to arise in the future; and to make recommendations on how the relationship between the State and voluntary organisations should evolve in the future.
Have your say: To help inform its analysis, the Independent Review Group is seeking the views of service providers, service users, the public, funders, regulators, and other interested parties.

Please complete the online questionnaire.

Closing date: The final date for return of the questionnaire is 5pm, Friday 4 May 2018

Structure of the Consultation Questionnaire:
Section 1 – Introduction
Section 2 – Your details
Section 3 – Strengths and weaknesses of voluntary organisations
Section 4 – Relationship between the State and voluntary organisations. (This section covers the HSE, reporting arrangements, wider health system developments, and the role of the Department of Health.)
Section 5 – Funding arrangements
Section 6 – Governance
Section 7 – Legal classification of voluntary organisations
Section 8 – Smaller Section 39 organisations
Section 9 – Ethos
Section 10 – Any other issues
While we would encourage people to complete the online questionnaire at the link above, you can request that a Microsoft Word™ version or paper copy of this consultation questionnaire be sent to you by contacting the Secretariat to the Independent Review Group at, by telephone at 01-6354418 or at the following postal address:
Secretariat to the Independent Review Group established to examine the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health and social services in Ireland

Room 4.24

Department of Health

Hawkins House

Dublin 2

D02 VW90

The Secretariat is also available to answer any queries relating to this consultation.
If you wish to make a submission rather than completing the consultation questionnaire, please ensure it is set out in accordance with the structure above and email it to by 5pm, 4 May 2018. While submissions that do not follow this format will be accepted we cannot guarantee that all elements will be included in the consultation analysis.