Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon says he’s disappointed with the government’s response in dealing with delays in medical card applications. Deputy Scanlon raised the issue again in the Dáil this week.
Deputy Scanlon explained, “Over recent months I have had numerous calls from constituents who are experiencing serious delays in the application process. Many are finding that once they apply with all the requested information they receive correspondence asking for further information. This pattern continues for up to seven weeks. People are now waiting months before they know whether they have been approved.
“Some medical card holders have also been in touch to say that they have been informed that they have been selected for a review of their status as part of a random selection assessment. These are people who have already met the criteria and have a medical card. They now feel that they are being threatened with the loss of their cards and are now extremely anxious about the process.
“I have raised this issue before and called on the Health Minister to resolve the delays but nothing has happened. I’m not sure if this is an admin or staffing issue, but I want to pay tribute to the staff who work on the dedicated inquiries line as they have always been very helpful and courteous.
“I was most disappointed with Minister Jim Daly’s response in the Dáil this week. He failed to address the issues I raised regarding the delays claiming “the central office is doing a reasonably good job”. Unfortunately, there are many applicants in my constituency who would not agree.
“I am once again calling on Minister Harris to examine the delays in the system and to rectify them without delay”.