Medical card information is not the problem, cuts are - Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the statements by the Health Minister James Reilly and the HSE that they are to issue more information regarding discretionary medical cards, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:
"The problem regarding discretionary medical cards is not lack of information. The problem is that thousands of people have seen their discretionary medical cards discontinued or have had their applications refused when previously they would have been granted. This includes children with cancer and others with serious medical conditions. Many thousands more face the loss of their cards in 2014 if the Government adheres to its target of cutting medical card spending by €113 million (a figure they still cannot account for) under so-called 'probity'. This axe will fall mainly on discretionary medical cards for people who really need them."