It’s been an eventful 3 months. I’ve met some damn fine people along the way. I hear a lot of negativity when we talk politics, but I’ve encountered nothing but #Respect. @alankellylabour has been an immense help & raised The Med Card issue as part of his statement on #Budget2020 pic.twitter.com/50YlxVZkdG
— John Wall (@walls2) October 8, 2019
From top: John Wall, Minister for Health Simon Harris; Labour TD Alan Kelly speaking in Dáil 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.
“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.”