Speaking in Dublin this morning where his party’s Ard Comhairle is meeting Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said the government’s policy on medical cards is continuing to cause deep distress to families and vulnerable citizens.
The Louth TD said the government needs to state very clearly that those who need medical cards will get them and that those who have had cards removed will have them restored immediately.
Deputy Adams said;
“Government policy on medical cards is continuing to cause deep distress to families and vulnerable citizens.
“Remarks by government spokespersons in recent days have merely added to the confusion and distress.
“The government needs to state very clearly that all those who need medical cards will get them; that there will be no refusals on spurious grounds including income; and that those who have had cards removed will have them restored immediately.
“Every Oireachtas member including the government parties knows families who are being punished by government policies especially on medical cards. The time for blindly supporting government policy regardless of its effect on ordinary people has gone. The people have sent a message to the government and they need to act upon it.
“They need for example to restore a medical card to Lily Redmond from Drogheda who is living with Down’s Syndrome. Lily has food aversions and attends various specialists and therapists.
“Vast quantities of medical evidence have been submitted on Lily’s behalf. The HSE though, refuse to restore Lily’s card as it says it can find no evidence of financial hardship.
“These are real people in the real world whose families are facing real hardship because of what this government is putting them through.
“Minister for Health James Reilly needs to go, but, more importantly, the government’s shambolic policy on medical cards needs to go.”