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Cross-Border Health Services Provision

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 January 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Ceisteanna (295, 296)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

295. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health his plans in relation to the cross-border directive after Brexit; if EU citizens will still be in a position to receive treatment in the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2305/19]

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Dara Calleary

Ceist:

296. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health his plans for Irish citizens to continue to receive treatment in Northern Ireland or England after Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2306/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 295 and 296 together.

As part of a whole of Government response to Brexit, the Department of Health is working to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated set of preparations to ensure continuity of health services post-Brexit. This work involves the Department and the HSE and other agencies in engaging in intensive Brexit preparedness and contingency planning.

A key consideration will be to ensure that insofar as possible there is minimum disruption to health services and that essential services are maintained on a cross-Border, all-island and Ireland-UK basis. Work is currently ongoing in relation to this matter.

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