Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1288)

Brendan Smith


1288. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health if additional resources have been provided to the HSE to eliminate the delays in processing of applications and the issue of payments under the HSE cross border directive scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36499/19]

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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.