Clarity Must Be Given On Brexit Impact For Hospital WaitingTimes – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to clarify what measures will be put in place to offset the impact of the recent British EU Referendum on Irish patients seeking health care treatment within the European Union. Deputy McGrath was speaking as concerns that the Brexit result will adversely affect Irish citizen’s options under the EU Cross Border Directive (CBD) continue to grow:

“The Cross Border Directive (CBD) allows for patients resident in Ireland who require and are entitled to public healthcare services to be referred to another EU member state for that care and be reimbursed.

Given that we have well publicised and seemingly unresolvable problems with our own waiting lists, it is imperative that the Minister moves to offset any fears that the Brexit result may create in terms of Irish patients having to cancel their care plans in the UK.

Many of those patients will have been planning to travel to the UK for vital acute/psychiatric hospital services or community based outpatient care that they simply cannot access here.

I am also calling on the Minister to more effectively highlight the work of The CBD National Contact Point in Kilkenny which provides advice on and administers the programme in Ireland.

At the very least a more visible national campaign highlighting the options for Irish hospital patients under the CBD must be carried out with all haste especially now that it seems likely that the UK will no longer be a EU healthcare destination,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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