Consultation for the review of the Public Health Act (Northern Ireland) 1967

DHSSPS is reviewing the Public Health Act (Northern Ireland) 1967 (‘the 1967 Act’). The 1967 Act has not been updated in any significant respect since it became law. In the intervening years new threats to public health have emerged, and public health legislation in other jurisdictions and internationally has been updated to enable governments and public authorities to respond effectively to a wide range of incidents and emergencies involving not only infectious diseases but also chemical and radiological contamination. The main reasons for reviewing the 1967 Act are concerned with: doubts about the adequacy of existing powers for responding to modern potential public health emergencies the narrow scope of the Act, which is concerned almost exclusively with infectious diseases whereas other jurisdictions have adopted an ‘all hazards’ approach the need to ensure that the legislation is consistent with the WHO International Health Regulations 2005 the need to ensure that authorities’ powers are compatible with the Human Rights Act 1998 and ensure that actions that interfere with an individual’s freedom are proportionate to the public health risk the need to clarify the powers of entry and role of authorised officers to carry out certain functions
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