Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Cormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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168. To ask the Minister for Health his views on whether Brexit will have a positive impact on any policy area or sector under the remit of his Department; and if the details of same will be provided. [37180/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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In line with cross Government planning, the Department of Health, in conjunction with the HSE, the HPRA and other health agencies, is continuing to work on a comprehensive and coordinated set of preparations to ensure the health sector is ready for Brexit.

While responding to Brexit has been a significant challenge for the health sector over recent years, certain no-deal Brexit contingency planning structures were helpful in providing a basis for my Department's response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

My Department will continue to work between now and the end of the transition period to ensure continuity of access to health services as far as possible and the maintenance of public health post-Brexit.

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