Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1541, 1542)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

1541. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of staff in the cross-Border directive unit; the number of these who are HSE and agency staff, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33354/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

1542. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if a submission has been received seeking additional resources for the cross-Border directive unit; if so, the number of staff who have been requested; when the submission was received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33355/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1541 and 1542 together.

The HSE is responsible for the operation of the Cross Border Directive and the management of the HSE Cross Border Directive (CBD) office is an operational matter for the HSE. I have, therefore, asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.

It should be noted that the numbers of persons availing of the Directive has been increasing steadily for a number of years with a corresponding increase in the workload for the CBD office. I am aware that the HSE is currently considering a business case, and other interim steps, to address issues which have arisen with regard to the processing of reimbursements.