EUROPEAN UNION (BASICSAFETY STANDARDS FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DANGERS ARISING FROM MEDICAL EXPOSURE TO IONISING RADIATION) REGULATION 2018
Minister Simon Harris, Minister for Health, was set to sign into law a bill on the 6th February 2018, (there is now a delay of 2-3 weeks). This bill will prevent and exclude Chiropractors from taking and referring patients for x-rays.
The Chiropractic Association of Ireland, (CAI) believes that the draft regulations are deficient and if signed into law, without amendment, will result in qualified Chiropractors being unable to carry out their work effectively; within the full scope of their training. Without the amendment, patients that need to have x-rays, prior to treatment will have to go to their GP to be referred for x-rays; which will delay care and add expense to the patient.
The CAI seeks an amendment to the wording of the Draft Statutory Instrument (bill), so that qualified Chiropractors can be included within the regulatory framework, as provided by the new regulations.
We request that the definitions of 'Practitioner' and 'referrer' be broadened, to include a person whose name is entered on a register of Chiropractors and who meets the licensing standards and requirements to allow them to assume responsibility for conducting or referring for an individual diagnostic exposure.
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