Cross bor­der di­rec­tive for pa­tients needs ad­di­tional re­sources

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

FIANNA Fáil TD Ea­mon Scan­lon has called on the gov­ern­ment to in­crease staff num­bers in the Cross Bor­der Di­rec­tive Of­fice. He raised the is­sue with the Taoiseach in the Dáil yes­ter­day.

Deputy Scan­lon ex­plained, “The Cross Bor­der Di­rec­tive is an ex­tremely pop­u­lar scheme which pro­vides pa­tients who are on a public wait­ing list for a pro­ce­dure with the op­tion of hav­ing their surgery in a hos­pi­tal in the North or abroad, once it is not more ex­pen­sive that the same treat­ment here.

“Wait­ing lists for out­pa­tient pro­ce­dures for Sligo Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal are at record lev­els, with 2,145 peo­ple wait­ing more than 12 months for an out­pa­tient ap­point­ment. The Cross Bor­der Di­rec­tive gives these pa­tients the op­tion of head­ing North or abroad to have their pro­ce­dure car­ried out much sooner.

“Many peo­ple who con­tact my of­fice about this scheme end up tak­ing a place on it – in fact the work­load vol­ume has in­creased by 1200% in the last two years. How­ever, staff lev­els have re­mained the same, with only 11 peo­ple pro­cess­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the whole coun­try.”

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