Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1264, 1265)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

1264. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health his views on the delays in the NMBI in relation to the processing of applications from overseas applicants; the number of persons waiting to have their applications processed by length of time waiting in months in tabular form; the plans in place to address the backlog at the NMBI; the anticipated timeframe to clear the backlog; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32415/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

1265. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the number and grade including permanent, temporary and contract of staff at the NMBI involved in the administrative process in relation to the processing of applications from overseas applicants; the number of files per day per person that can be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32416/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1264 and 1265 together.

As this is an operational matter, I have referred the Deputy's questions to the NMBI for attention and direct reply.