Minister for Health James Reilly has repeatedly tried to give the impression that there are no changes to the criteria for eligibility of a medical card, says South Tipp Sinn Féin member Kevin Brunnick.
“This is obviously not true. The Minister is taking the people for fools. The number of people going to clinics held by Sinn Féin and the other parties across the county who have lost their full medical card is shocking. Many of these have failed to secure a medical card and have been awarded a Doctor only Medical card as a consolation prize in the hope that they will accept it as better than nothing.
“People with serious and long-term illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and a range of other illness have been denied a medical card. It is clear that it has become more difficult and is taking much longer than before to obtain a medical card.
“The fact is that in most cases many people have not had a pay increase since 2008, the changes to P.R.S.I. levies and universal charges gives them less take home pay now, the increase in the cost of food, fuel, energy and local property taxes has had a serious impact on their disposable income.
It is now time for the Labour Party to take a stand.” Mr Brunnick asked: “Will our local Labour elected representatives pull out of this government as it is now clear that they have failed the sick and the weak in our society.”
“What would make any one think they will look after the pensioners?
The Labour party can be summed up by the comments attributed to Labour Senator John Kelly’s Parliamentary assistant when he blurted out his anti-union and ignorant nonsense. His statements included being against any strikes and stating that legislation should be made to stop workers striking. The assistant to John Kelly then went on to say that he agreed with Margaret Thatcher in the sentiment “Crush the unions”. I was completely shocked to hear this kind of rubbish from a Labour employee. This demonstrates clearly that Labour in government have lost their way and begs the question: What is the point of the Labour Party being in Government