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Government should dispense with consultants and consult with parents and children

12 October, 2005


Sinn Féin Dáíl leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD this morning urged the Taoiseach make a commitment to extend full medical card cover to all those under 18. Deputy Ó Caoláin said the €150 wasted on the PPARS system could have been spent on providing essential medical cover and care for all children instead of been wasted on consultants and IT systems that do not work.

Speaking in the Dáil today he said, "We understand that the failed PPARS system has now been suspended at a cost of €150 million so far. Is the Taoiseach aware that in reply to a Dáil question from this Deputy the Minister for Health and Children advised that it would cost only €160 million to extend full medical card cover to all children and young people under the age of 18? How can the Taoiseach defend a system whereby money that could be spent on providing essential medical cover and care for all children is instead wasted on consultants and IT systems that do not work? When will he prioritise need, end waste and stop rewarding greed? Will the Taoiseach make a commitment to extend full medical card cover to all those under 18?

"I am calling on this Government dispenses with consultants and instead consults parents and children on their needs. Only in this way can one properly be informed of the depth of need in our society in this regard." ENDS

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