‘It Is Either Budgeted For Or It Is Not’


From top: John Wall, Minister for Health Simon Harris; Labour TD Alan Kelly speaking in Dáil last night

Last night.

In the Dáil.

Labour TD Alan Kelly raised the case of John Wall – in light of claims that medical cards will be provided for people who are terminally ill.

He said:

“On the provision of medical cards for people who are terminally ill, I see that the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, has announced that he is doing something about the matter.

He said he had asked the HSE to deal with it.

I want to make a commitment to Mr John Wall who has fought for this measure for the last year and to whom I spoke earlier today.

I have got to know him quite well and admire him.

He is a man with a terminal illness and wants to know where the measure is budgeted for. It is either budgeted for or it is not.

It cannot just be a case of asking the HSE and it coming back in a few weeks to state it can do it.

The provision of medical cards for terminally ill patients is either covered by a budget line or it is not.

If it is, where is it covered?

A 24-month profile is probably what is needed because we have to have some way of dealing with the matter.

I want to see where provision is made and want to see the details.

Until I see them, it does not exist and I want it to. I want the Minister to show it to me.

I will congratulate him on the specific item if he does, but I cannot see it. I want it to be proved that provision has been made.”

Yesterday: Extended

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9 thoughts on “‘It Is Either Budgeted For Or It Is Not’

    1. eoin

      He’s right. Having studied these Budget 2020 papers, there seem to be bigger gaps than in previous years and that’s saying something.

  1. V

    This budget was a Con
    Everything greater than the 50c to the fiver here and there
    Was a recyle from another Budget Speech
    Or an Allocation

    And in fairness Labour have nothing to lose calling them out
    Especially Alan Kelly

    The only man laughing today is Boxer

    1. Cian

      There is a “discretionary” Medical Card available from the HSE. But there is very little information available online about what the criteria that the HSE use to grant this are. It is most likely also temporary, so you would need to re-apply.

  2. Dr.Fart

    it’s classic Harris. Say he’ll do something, then does nothing and presumes someone else is doing it. I can’t think of a single time he literally did something.

      1. Dr.Fart

        i don’t think they discriminate. i think they have as much contempt for the healthy as they do the sick. people are votes and pay pigs to them. theyre our only value to them.

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