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Health Minister fails to quell fears over new medical card restrictions – Ó Caoláin

11 December, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D., has criticised Health Minister James Reilly’s refusal, this evening, to clarify the details of new restrictions on medical cards for 2013.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Following on from last Wednesday’s Budget 2013 announcement, Minister Reilly, in a subsequent press briefing, indicated that savings in the area of medical card costs would be made next year through the introduction of further restrictions on medical card eligibility.

“At this evening’s meeting of the Oireachtas Select Sub-Committee on Health, convened to discuss the Minister’s supplementary Budget of €360m, I sought clarification on the Minister’s plans. Despite repeated efforts, the Minister blatantly refused to provide any further information, instead claiming that the details would be contained in the HSE National Service Plan 2013, to be published in January.

“The Ministers failure to provide clarity will leave many medical card holders in fear of failing to meet the new criteria, and in fear of losing their medical cards. The Minister should outline his proposals immediately.” ENDS

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