Sick children should not suffer due to Government inaction – Mitchell
Sinn Féin brought a Motion before the Dáil which, now that it is passed, will give an entitlement of a medical card to those children whose parents are in receipt of a Domiciliary Care Allowance. Denise Mitchell TD, junior Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection, has said that this needs to be put in place immediately:
“What is required is action from the Government to provide these particular children with a medical card, and not to push the issue down the road like they have with other issues. Children should not be affected by the inaction of Government.
“Domiciliary Care Allowance is given to parents who are caring for a child with certain disabilities. This scheme also differs from other benefits under the social welfare budget as it is not means tested. This procedure should be mirrored in regard to providing a medical card to a child falling under the Domiciliary Allowance scheme. This, in the least, will help to alleviate the financial pressure on families in receipt of the Allowance
“The Sinn Féin Motion will be an immediate and positive step aiming monies of the State directly at where it would have most effect on people’s lives
“Parents have suffered enough from cuts of the state. Families in receipt of the Allowance maybe struggling financially anyway, and should not be confronted with an extra financial burden when faced with caring for their child.
“For this action, the cost is relatively small, especially when compared to other projects undertaken by this Government. The cost is relatively small but the value would be enormous.”