O’Reilly requests Health Committee Hearing on Future of Healthcare North and South
Sinn Féin TD and Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has today written to the Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health to request that an expert hearing be held on the future of healthcare north and south and how to protect advances in cross border cooperation from the threat of Brexit.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“In light of the ongoing Brexit negotiations, I feel it is extremely necessary and worthwhile for the Joint Oireachtas Committee on to hold a session on the future of healthcare north and south and how to protect advances in cross border cooperation from the threat of Brexit.
“I hope that there will be cross-committee support for the proposal so we can hear from experts on how to protect current cooperation and what the future relationship could be in light of Brexit if we do not protect against its threats.
“It could be a great opportunity to discuss the success of increased cooperation of healthcare north and south and how EU Directives and other healthcare arrangements underpin cross-border healthcare provision.
“There are issues which need to be teased out and scrutinised such as how many people access healthcare either side of the border using the Cross Border Healthcare Directive or the European Health Insurance Card scheme and other such questions.
“There is a need for such a hearing and an analysis of the current state of affairs as regards reciprocal healthcare north and south and what the possible impact of Brexit will be on healthcare provision in the border regions and throughout the island of Ireland.
“Brexit can in no way undermine advances in cross-border cooperation and advancements in healthcare and the Joint Oireachtas Health Committee need to discuss and assess any such threats.”