Drop The Charge

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Homeless charity Safety Net has launched a petition on Uplift calling for the removal of prescription charges for homeless people.

Safety Net writes:

Homeless people suffer more ill health than the housed population and therefore have a higher need for prescription medication.

Many homeless people cannot afford the €2.50 prescription charge payable on every item.

Homeless health services repeatedly come across homeless patients who cannot afford their medication and so may not complete a course of antibiotics or take heparin for a clot. They often end up in hospital because of this.

Homeless people are registered with local authorities and therefore it is possible to identify individuals so they are exempt from this charge.

The petition can be signed here

Thanks Anthony Flynn

18 thoughts on “Drop The Charge

  1. eric cartman

    they could afford it if theyd kick their drug and alcohol addictions.
    Most people sleeping rough are purely there because they won’t seek treatment for their addictions.
    Make treatment and detox programs mandatory to access social welfare and other services.

      1. jusayinlike

        Eric’s mind is though, the definition of a psychopath is someone devoid of empathy..

        1. eric cartman

          Why can’t private charities be left to ‘help’ the drug addicts and wino’s, why am I forced to pay for these drains on society who don’t want to reform.

          1. Yep

            “Make treatment and detox programs mandatory to access social welfare and other services.”

            “Why can’t private charities be left to ‘help’ the drug addicts and wino’s, why am I forced to pay for these drains on society who don’t want to reform.”

            You’re an idiot.

  2. Yep

    Why and what they are being prescribed is surely a bigger issue?

    I appreciate the sentiment but sentimental seems to be the extent of it.

  3. Paul

    Ironic you use a picture of a person from a Roma begging gang.

    Even the people that want to help don’t have a clue who they are helping.

    Organised criminals…

      1. Harry Molloy

        I know it anyway, pass him frequently, often at charlemont luas stop in the mornings

  4. bumba

    €2.50. And here I am (and many others) shelling out €144 a month that I can’t really afford.

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