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Decree Law No. 124/2011

Publication: Republic Diary No. 249/2011, Series I of 2011-12-29
  • Issuer: Ministry of Health
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 124/2011
  • Pages: 5491 - 5498

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law defines the new structure and organisation of the Ministry of Health (MS).

What will change?

The MS’s services and other related institutions are being combined.

This merger reduces leadership positions and cuts costs by preventing overlapping tasks.

This change affects all ministries and is intended to reduce State spending by using resources more efficiently.

Strengthening of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS)

Several changes reinforce the role of the DGS, which takes on the responsibilities of services that will end.

End of the High Commission for Health (ACS)

One of the terminated bodies is the ACS. Its functions are transferred to the DGS, except for the assessment of the implementation and results of the National Health Plan, which passes to the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge.

The Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplants (IPST) is created

The  Portuguese Institute of Blood and the Authority for Blood and Transplant Services will merge to form the IPST.

The IPST also replaces the existing bone marrow registry centres.

End of the Institute of Drugs and Drug Addiction (IDT)

The IDT will no longer exist and the newly created Addictive Behaviour and Dependence Intervention Service will carry out most of its functions.

The regional health boards will license units for addiction treatments. The Inspectorate-General of Health Activities will monitor those units.

End of the Mission Unit for Integrated Continuing Healthcare (UMCCI)

The UMCCI will no longer exist and the Central Administration for the Health System (ACSS) will take on its responsibilities.

End of the Commission for Emergency Health Planning (CPSE)

The CPSE will no longer exist and the National Institute of Medical Emergencies will take on its responsibilities.

Changes in the General-Secretariat of MS

The General-Secretariat of the MS passes its budgetary tasks and human resources planning to the ACSS.

The General-Secretariat of the MS will manage the inventory for all the MS’s assets.

End of the financial controller position

The MS will no longer have an in-house financial controller. This position was created in 2006 to oversee financial management in each ministry, but this model is now being replaced.

Four national head officer positions for programmes concerning heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS and mental health are also being terminated.

Financial control over public corporations

Public corporations must apply for approval from the Minister of Finance if any of their activities are expected to affect public spending.

What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • increase efficiency in the use of public resources
  • reduce public expenses.
  • focus the MS on its main tasks
When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect five days after being published.

Original Version


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