Friday 1 August 2014

Minister to meet with parents

Emma Jane Hade

Published 24/05/2014|02:30

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Kevin Shortall with his daughter Louise, age 8, who has leukemia, and is only being issued with temporary medical cards, pictured at their home in Clondalkin

JUNIOR Minister Alex White has requested a meeting with the parents behind the 'Our Children's Health' campaign, after the petition gathered almost 50,000 signatures in just four days.

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The campaign is calling on the Government to ensure that any child diagnosed with a serious or congenital condition will receive a full medical card for the duration of their illness.

Co-founder of the initiative, Kevin Shortall, told the Irish Independent that he thinks there is now a "slow realisation" among politicians about the recent medical card fiasco. "We have received calls from all the politicians to meet, and I think they realised that this is something the Irish people really want.

"I am confident that there is a slow realisation that tweaking with the system is never going to be enough and that the law needs to be changed," he explained.

The father of three was inspired to start the campaign after his daughter Louise (9) (pictured with her father) was consistently issued temporary medical cards, despite the fact that she is battling leukaemia.

The Dublin teacher said that they have been contacted by a number of politicians, from both government and opposition.

Irish Independent

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