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Sinn Féin introduce Bill to reform Long-Term Illness Scheme

13 June, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has introduced a Bill in the Dáil to reform the Long-Term Illness Scheme so that changes, upgrades, and additions can be made to the scheme to ensure it is always fit for purpose and delivers for those with long-term illnesses.
 
Teachta O’Reilly said:
 
“The Long-Term Illness (LTI) scheme has been a great success since its establishment and aids thousands of people across the State.
 
“However, there has not been a single addition to the Long-Term Illness Scheme in nearly 50 years.
 
“This is a significant problem for thousands of people who have a long-term illness, but it is not recognised because the scheme is not fit for purpose.
 
“Many of those affected have approached me and it is for them that I have drafted and introduced this Bill which will reform the LTI scheme.
 
“In order to know the scheme is fit for purpose and to deliver for those who need it, it is important that it is monitored and reviewed on a consistent basis.
 
“The Bill we in Sinn Féin introduced will reform the LTI scheme to ensure that there are regular three-year reviews into the effectiveness of the scheme so that changes, upgrades, and additions can be made to the scheme to ensure it is always fit for purpose and delivers for those with long-term illnesses.”

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