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To ask the Minister for Health the reason proof of payment for procedures through the cross Border directive has to be provided to the cross Border office to secure reimbursement ( hospitals involved would not carry out the procedure unless payment was made, Receipts and invoices for both consultations and procedures are enclosed with reimbursement form to prove payment . The CBO now require proof of the payment leaving the patients actually bank account. I have a number of queries from people wishing to avail of the scheme but only have a credit union account with no debit card attached to their account. The cross border office is advising those people to open a bank account to prove payment, this seems unnecessary. Drafts can be requested however it is difficult given the exchange rate might be different on the day of the procedure so the printed Bank draft may be incorrect. I also have queries from a number of family members who wish to assist their elderly parents by allowing the patient to transfer money into their account to allow a debit card payment but this is also not allowed as the money is now coming from a different account. I have been informed these measures are to prevent fraud however the hospital will take the payment regardless of who or where it comes from so how is fraud being prevented?. These extra measure are preventing people from accessing a once simple , straight forward extremely beneficial scheme).
To ask the Minister for Health the current staff vacancies and the length of time those vacancies have existed in each of the different CDNTs in CHO7; the steps that are being taken to retain staff and to recruit staff for existing or expected vacancies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health can a child on a waiting list for services at one CDNT can move on the list to another adjacent CDNT; if they can if their time on the waiting list will be taken into account or will they be put at the end of the waiting list.
To ask the Minister for Health the amount being spent per month on maintaining the Covid tracker app and how many people log-in daily, how many close contacts have been contacted as a result of engagement with app on average monthly since inception of the app; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the number of persons from County Wicklow currently undergoing dialysis treatment; if any review is ongoing into the potential to offer this treatment in a primary care setting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.