Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Department of Health
151. To ask the Minister for Health when a bed will be made available for a person (details supplied) in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dún Laoghaire; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53468/21]
152. To ask the Minister for Health if he will clarify the immediate future of the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme; the conditions and treatments the scheme covers; the number of patients from the Ireland who utilised the EU cross-border directive in 2018, 2019 and 2020, in tabular form; the treatments they underwent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53469/21]
The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS) has been in effective operation since 1 January 2021. This Scheme was introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. The Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway. I can confirm that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.