Tuesday 12 December 2017

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.

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