The Patient Advocacy Service has been commissioned by the Department of Health. An office in the Department of Health called the National Patient Safety Office published a tender in October 2018 to develop the new Patient Advocacy Service.
An organisation called the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities (NAS) was successful in this tender process, and has developed the new Patient Advocacy Service. You can find out more about NAS, the NAS Board, Annual Reports etc. on the NAS website advocacy.ie
In addition to the Patient Advocacy Service, NAS provides an independent, representative advocacy service to people with disabilities across a variety of issue areas. NAS was established by and is funded and supported in its advocacy for people with disabilities by the Citizens Information Board.
NAS is a company registered with charitable status. NAS is a fully professional service across both its advocacy for people with disabilities and patient advocacy. NAS is funded to provide advocacy for people with disabilities by the Citizens Information Board, and it is funded to provide patient advocacy by the Department of Health.