Thursday, 16 November 2023
Department of Finance
Progress has been made on efforts to establish a new Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeals (DDMBA), to secure hosting arrangements for the DDMBA and to recommence the appeals process.
All five members have now been appointed to the new DDMBA. Funding arrangements between the Department of Finance and the Department of Health have been agreed. On this basis the National Rehabilitation Hospital has confirmed that they will again host the DDMBA. Preparatory work is underway, that will include due deliberation on how best to clear the backlog. The appeals process will re-commence upon completion of this work. In this regard, my officials met with the NRH and the new DDMBA on Tuesday 7thNovember to discuss the operational elements of the new Board and as a result it is hoped that the Board will be operational by mid-December.
Finally, the Deputy should note that it will be a matter for the DDMBA to decide when individual appeals are heard, and therefore I in my role as Minister for Finance cannot indicate when a particular appeal will be processed.