Full medical cards should be provided for our Carers – Ó Caoláin
The Government will tonight introduce legislation which will provide ‘general medical and surgical service’ to persons in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit.
Speaking in advance of the debate on this Bill, Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disabilities and Older People said:
“We welcome this Bill and will be supporting it as a party.
“That said, we do not believe it goes far enough and Sinn Féin in Government would deliver full medical card entitlement to all Carers.
“We put forward an amendment to this Bill which would have delivered full medical care to these entitles. However, it was ruled out of order due to it being a further cost on the exchequer.
“Sinn Féin believes in establishing Universal Health Care free at the point of delivery, and from the cradle to the grave, based on need and not ability to pay and funded through progressive taxation.
“We have set this position out in our Better4Health document and deem this to be the best way forward for healthcare provision in Ireland. Sláintecare also supports this model.
“Transitioning as many citizens over to full medical card provision in advance of Universal Healthcare should be prioritised.
“No section of our society deserves this more than our Carers. They are selfless heroes who put their lives on hold to provide round the clock care to their loved ones. The State owes our Carer’s so much. Providing a full medical card to them is the very least we could do.”