Healthcare law



Legal and medical experts appointed to national research ethics committees

Legal and medical experts have been appointed to Ireland's first national research ethics committees (NRECs) in the areas of clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (NREC-CT) and clinical investigations of medical devices (NREC-MD).

Published 10 May 2021

High Court: Doctor temporarily suspended after refusing to administer vaccines or refer patients for Covid testing

The High Court has granted the temporary suspension of a doctor from practice due to his actions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The doctor allegedly failed to refer his patients for Covid-19 testing and claimed that he would not administer the vaccine to his patients. Further, the doctor refused to comply with HSE public health guidelines.

Published 14 April 2021

Consultation on statutory duty of candour opens

Proposals to introduce a statutory duty of candour for healthcare organisations have gone out to consultation.

Published 12 April 2021

Consultation on statutory duty of candour to be launched next month

Proposals to introduce a statutory duty of candour in the healthcare system will go out to consultation next month.

Published 25 March 2021

High Court: Healthcare trust acted lawfully after reducing care levels for profoundly disabled persons during pandemic

The High Court has determined that a Health and Care Trust did not act unlawfully after it reduced the level of social care to two profoundly disabled adults due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 4 March 2021

Ronan Hynes: Patient safety reform – today or tomorrow?

Ronan Hynes, partner at Sellors LLP, calls for urgency on patient safety reform in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 8 February 2021

Judicial review over hospital waiting lists to go ahead

Two women have been granted permission to bring a judicial review over the length of NHS waiting lists in Northern Ireland.

Published 14 January 2021

Inquiry into neurology recall converted to statutory public inquiry

The independent inquiry into the recall of around 3,000 neurology patients in Belfast has been converted to a statutory public inquiry.

Published 15 December 2020

Judicial reviews brought over 'unlawful' length of NHS waiting lists

Two judicial review applications brought over the length of NHS waiting lists in Northern Ireland are set to be heard by the High Court in Belfast early next year.

Published 11 December 2020

England: Children's access to puberty blockers restricted in transgender healthcare case

The UK's only gender identity clinic for under-18s has lost a high-profile High Court battle over whether under-16s can consent to treatment with puberty blockers.

Published 2 December 2020

Aisling Timoney joins multi-profession health regulator

Healthcare solicitor Aisling Timoney has been appointed as a member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) for a four-year term.

Published 1 December 2020

Solicitors welcome announcement of Epilim inquiry

Solicitors have welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into the historical licensing and use of the anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate (Epilim) in Ireland.

Published 25 November 2020

Sarah Fulham-McQuillan: Constitutional law may support mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

Dr Sarah Fulham-McQuillan, assistant professor at UCD Sutherland School of Law, considers the legal basis for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

Published 4 August 2020

High Court: Minister for Health loses application to split trial over proposed new pharmacy rules

The Minister for Health has lost his application to have proceedings challenging proposed new pharmacy rules split into two separate hearings.

Published 11 October 2019

Government to legislate to extend European health insurance card cover to Northern Ireland

Draft legislation to extend the European health insurance card to all residents of Northern Ireland has been announced by the Government.

Published 18 September 2019