Sinn Féin TD for Kerry North and West Limerick, Martin Ferris, said today that “its shows a terrible lack of compassion” that the HSE sends invoices for A &E service to the grieving families of people who die in road traffic accidents.
Having been approached by a devastated constituent, who thought that the invoice must have been a mistake, Deputy Ferris posed a parliamentary question to health minister, James Reilly, on the matter.
“In cases where a patient is a minor or has passed away, the HSE Guidelines provide that the invoice must be sent to the Next of Kin or their Legal Representative,” was the minister’s response.
Deputy Ferris said:
“It shows a terrible lack of compassion. Surely the distress and grief it causes a bereaved family to get an invoice from the HSE for A&E services, when their loved one is brought in after a fatal accident, is not worth the €100 the HSE demands.
“There are many examples of the cruelty of this government, but this one has to be the worst. I call on Minister Reilly to imagine himself in those circumstances and to put a stop to this practice immediately.”