Thursday 19 October 2017

Finance Minister Noonan signals Government will address medical card fiasco after elections

Finance Minister Michael Noonan
Finance Minister Michael Noonan
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has signalled the Government will address the ongoing discretionary medical card fiasco after Friday’s election.

Mr Noonan said the Government held preliminary discussions today on the controversy that has caused panic among the most vulnerable people in society.

The elderly and those with long term conditions are being forced to prove they need medical cards as part of a HSE cost saving review.

There has been public outrage at incidents of down syndrome children and sufferers of motor neurone diseased being forced to prove they still have the conditions.

However, yesterday Mr Noonan gave the clearest indication the Government is seeking to address the issue but said discussions are at an early stage.

“The approach to review of medical cards will have to be changed,” he said.

“We are not going to do it before the election because we would be accused of some sort of stunt but shortly after the election that issue will be addressed and some preparatory work has been done already.”

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