Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1243)

Mary Butler


1243. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health the turnaround times in the primary care reimbursement service specifically through the cross-Border treatment scheme; his views on the adequacy of the service being delivered; his plans to reduce the waiting times for persons that have applied and been approved; the way in which he plans to deal with waiting times which can be up to six months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36342/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

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. Officials of my Department recently met with the HSE to discuss this matter and have requested the Executive to examine current resourcing of the CBD office, and to identify necessary actions to mitigate waiting times arising from current demands for the Scheme. As the HSE have operational responsibility for the CBD office I have also referred the Deputies question to them for direct reply.