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Louise O’Reilly TD publishes Bill to ensure regular reviews into effectiveness of Long-Term Illness Scheme

25 April, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has published a Bill which will ensure there are regular three-year reviews into the effectiveness of 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.

Speaking this morning, Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The Long-Term Illness Scheme provides a range of drugs, medicines or medical or surgical appliances without charge to people suffering from a precise disease or disability of a permanent or long-term nature from their community pharmacy free. 

“The LTI scheme has been a great success since its establishment and aids thousands of people across the State.

“However, since it’s establishment there has not been a single addition to the Long-Term Illness Scheme.

 “As a result, there are many different disabilities, ailments, and illness which we now know more about and are long term or life-long but are not covered by the scheme.

“This has caused severe difficulty and distress to many of those affected and they feel that the government does not care about them or want a review into the effectiveness of 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.

“This Bill will ensure that there are regular three-year reviews into the effectiveness of 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."Health Amendment Bill 2019

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