In October 2020, the Department extended the modifications for a further six months period up to 7 May 2021.
The use of the modifications has been monitored and reported on a monthly basis since they came into operation. Monitoring indicates that the modifications have been used proportionately and in line with the progress of the pandemic.
Evidence from the February 2021 monitoring report shows that the modifications continue to be used with reasonable frequency in a small number of areas.
Why we are consulting
Given the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued reliance on the regulations, the Department of Health is proposing to retain the modifications relating to a small number of areas of practice for a further six months up to 7 November 2021. We are inviting interested individuals and organisations to comment on what is being proposed.
About this consultation
This consultation document sets out:
- The regulations we propose to apply modifications to up to 7 November 2021; and
- The reasons for extending and modifying the regulations and the safeguards we will put in place to ensure that they are used moderately, proportionately and only if necessary to deal with the challenge of the ongoing pandemic.