Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher has called on the Minister for Health to approve additional resources for the Cross-Border Directive unit which has seen an uptake in applications from Cavan-Monaghan.

Senator Gallagher commented, “The cross-border directive gives people waiting on lists an alternative by availing of health care in another European country. I know of many from Counties Cavan and Monaghan who have travelled to Northern Ireland for various medical treatments and surgeries.

“The scheme has exploded in popularity in recent years as waiting lists have become unbearably long. There are significant numbers now seeking services through the directive. More staff are required to adequately process reimbursements in a timely manner.

“Unfortunately, those who have chosen to pursue medical treatment through the CBD are currently experiencing long delays in having their reimbursement issued. 

“I understand the Cross-Border team have made submissions to the Department of Health seeking additional resources to cope with the volume of applications. The Minister has not yet saw fit to approve this despite this being a scheme which actively seeks to reduce waiting lists.

“I would urge the Minister to listen to those who run the directive to ensure reimbursements can be paid swiftly and current delays are brought down for Cavan and Monaghan patients,” concluded Senator Gallagher.