Cross border health projects must be protected from Brexit - Louise O’Reilly TD
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has accused Minister Harris and his department of not taking Brexit seriously after officials were unable to tell her how many procedures were carried out by the NHS under the Cross Border Health Directive in 2016.
Teachta O’Reilly was speaking today after weekend reports of the threat posed to cross border health projects by Brexit.
“While these reports are disturbing they are not surprising. The twelve large scale projects funded by the EU as well as cross border mental health projects must be protected. People living in border areas are rightly concerned about this revelation and we cannot be reassured that the government and the Department of Health have this matter under control.
“In March, senior Department of Health officials were before the Oireachtas Committee on Health. At that meeting they could not tell how many procedures were undertaken by the NHS under the Cross Border Health Directive in 2016 – in fact they had only looked for the figures when they were invited to come before the committee.
“This is simply not good enough. They couldn’t tell us if the recently signed Service Level Agreement for the delivery of radiology services for people in North West Ireland had been Brexit-proofed. They are clearly not taking Brexit seriously at all.”