Written answers

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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223. To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider continuing local access to free PCR tests for persons who require a negative result to access services in a public hospital after 28 February 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12036/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The HSE will continue to provide access to PCR testing according to the prevailing public health guidance in place at any particular time and swabbing centres around the country remain open for this purpose. There is no charge for a Sars-Cov-2 test provided by the HSE for public health purposes and no plans to introduce such any such charge.

Individuals who are concerned about an underlying condition and/or their level of risk in relation to COVID-19 should continue to seek advice from their GP or treating clinician. In the example provided by the Deputy, the individual should also discuss the options available with the hospital concerned, or their local GP.


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