Sheehan calls for all-Ireland health regulation
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Pat Sheehan is calling for the regulation of health professionals to be conducted on an all-island basis.
The West Belfast MLA was commenting as Sinn Féin made its formal submission to the consultation on current proposals to reform the regulation system for healthcare professionals in the NHS.
He said: “Sinn Féin is concerned that the consultation did not consider the negative impact that Brexit will have upon the delivery of health services in the north and across Ireland. It is our position that regulation should be conducted on an All-Ireland basis to allow for the greater movement of health professionals north and south.
“We also have a number of other concerns including the proposal to reduce the number of regulatory bodies without a detailed explanation for these changes and in the absence of proposals for increased All-Ireland regulation.
“In the absence of this, Sinn Féin believes the regulatory system and bodies must take account of similar regulatory frameworks in the South to ensure there is collaboration and a recognition of respective processes. This would enable the creation of either a dual recognition or an all-Ireland health regulatory system to match the unique and everyday realities of delivering healthcare on the island of Ireland. Sinn Féin also recommends the automatic joint registration of registrants of regulatory bodies on the island of Ireland as a practical way to addressing work force issues and ensuring public safety.”