Calls For Numbers Affected By Medical Card Review In Co. Wexford To Be Unveiled

CALLS FOR NUMBERS AFFECTED BY MEDICAL CARD REVIEW IN CO. WEXFORD TO BE UNVEILED

A Wexford County Councillor has called for a County by County breakdown of those who had their medical cards taken away.

Fianna Fáil’s Micheal Sheehan from New Ross made the call after the government announced yesterday that 15-thousand cards which were taken away would be re-instated.

He says a breakdown is needed in order to access the number of people affected in County Wexford.

Meanwhile the Taoiseach is signalling there will be no re-imbursement of money to people who are getting their discretionary medical card returned.

Enda Kenny’s faced a barrage of questions again in the Dáil following the decision yesterday to return 15,000 cards taken away since 2011.

Opposition parties highlighted some cases of thousands of euro being spent by families after cards were withdrawn.

But Enda Kenny would not bow to calls for such money to be refunded.

“(The) Minister’s already dealt with the question of compensation – the important thing here, Deputy Ó Caoláin, is that the government have made a very clear decision to provide extra money to return the 15,000 cards…who wither held a medical card or a GP card on a discretionary basis and who had completed the eligibility review between the 1st of July 2011 and the 31st of May 2014” he said.

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