Fianna Fáil’s Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher says the continuing denial by the Government that there has been any change of policy in relation to the allocation of discretionary medical cards is farcical.
Deputy Kelleher commented: “I find it astounding that the Taoiseach, The Minister for Health and the Government continue to blatantly deny there has been a change in Government policy in relation to discretionary medical cards.
“This is despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary from a number of independent GPs not to mention the stream of distressed families having to resort to going public with the plight of their loved ones.
“The Government are insulting people’s intelligence by denying there has been a change. People know what is going on. Every TD in Leinster House also knows there has been a change as constituency offices are inundated with stories of seriously ill people having their medical cards taken off them for no apparent reason.
“I would urge Minister Reilly to stop digging and finally admit what is going on. To consistently pedal the line that this is not an issue shows just how arrogant and alienated this Government has become.
“Over 130,000 more medical cards are in danger of being taken away from the most sick and needy people. To deny there has been a cull of medical cards is the ultimate insult to the thousands of distressed families throughout the country that have had their medical cards cruelly taken off them.”