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Councillor Natalie Treacy – State should protect children suffering with cancer

19 January, 2015

Sinn Féin councillor Natalie Treacy has called on the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to step in and fix the latest medical card debacle, which involves the non- issuing of medical cards to people especially children who are suffering from cancer.

A heartbroken mum has slammed the HSE for refusing her cancer-stricken daughter a medical card.

Devoted Mother Angela O’Connor revealed how she gave up her job to give nine-year-old Lucy the full-time care she desperately needs.

But despite Lucy’s serious illness, heartless HSE bosses decided she didn’t qualify for a medical card - even though her parents Angela and Lorcan are struggling to pay the mounting medical bills and their mortgage on just one wage.

And opening up about the heartache of not knowing whether their daughter will survive, Angela articulated how the battle was tough enough without fighting the HSE as well.

Councillor Treacy said, “It is an absolute disgrace that a child with cancer cannot qualify for a medical card. What is more serious than this? This government should hang their heads in shame for putting any family through this. As a mother I cannot comprehend how the Minister or the HSE cannot help this family and others like them. This is a time when a family should be able to rally around their sick child, not worry about paying medical bills. I would like to know what Minister Varadkar plans to do about this situation.

I urge him to step in immediately and help this family and any others like them in similar situations across the country.”

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