Monday 16 December 2019

Cuts a matter of life and death

With regard to budgetary matters, Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv has to be very careful lest he inadvertently inflict austerity-based 'back-door euthanasia' on many Irish elderly people.

His final Budget submission simply must take note of the ominous statistical evidence, which states that: "People aged over 65 are seven times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of frigid temperatures compared with those aged 18 to 44."

Any cut in old-age pensions and support services, especially those affecting thousands of already grotesquely overworked elderly Irish carers, will result in increased hospitalisations and deaths.

Any blind adherence to short-sighted strategies that would knowingly harm elderly Irish citizens would be stupid, cruel, immoral and possibly even illegal.

But the most infuriating aspect is the fact that it would also be counter-productive and simply result in even greater end-costs to the State.

Elderly people are among the most vulnerable who would face significantly increased danger of illness and death if their existing physical and financial support mechanisms were cut.

George MacDonald
Gorey, co wexford

Irish Independent

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