Thursday 24 August 2017

Editorial: Need for discretion on medical cards

Medical care. Photo: Getty Images
Medical care. Photo: Getty Images

While cost savings across the state sector are to be applauded in general terms, the way the HSE has approached the task of cancelling what were known as discretionary medical cards is causing unnecessary suffering, particularly to some parents of very sick children.

The recent examples of sick children highlighted have brought the issue into stark relief. No doubt the HSE was implementing the letter of the law when it cancelled these medical cards, but it does raise serious questions about how such decisions are taken and communicated to the people involved.

The idea of discretionary medical cards was obviously a sop to politicians at local and national level who wanted to go around telling constituents, "I can get you one of these".

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