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# Medical Cards

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# reinstated
Restoration of discretionary medical cards welcomed, but questions still remain
Campaigners want temporary measures to be introduced that will improve the application process for new applicants.
# not perfect
'I'm very sorry': Enda Kenny apologies over medical card 'stress'
Gerry Adams said the “embarrassing u-turn” proved that James Reilly should not continue as health minister.
# U-turn
Over 15,000 people are being given back their medical cards
Cards will be restored to people who have serious medical conditions but lost them under a HSE review.
# Medical Cards
PAC Chair says HSE is 'not fit for purpose'
John McGuinness called on the HSE’s Director General and the Secretary General of the Department of Health to resign.
# Conflict of Interest
James Reilly should not oversee review of maternity services appointment - Adams
Sinn Féin’s leader said there is a conflict of interest for the director of the West/North West Hospital Group, Noel Daly.
# no review
No plans to extend Long Term Illness Scheme list despite not being updated since 1970
There have been calls that the new expert review panel for medical cards should match conditions on the LTI list.
# children's health
Some discretionary medical cards to be reinstated 'within weeks'
Minister James Reilly also apologised for distress caused by the issue, the Our Children’s Health group said.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Everyone’s talking about negotiations over strike action at Aer Lingus, a political opinion poll, and Ukraine’s new president.
# Medical Cards
HSE boss: We never asked parents to prove children still had lifelong conditions
“I am saying questions were asked that were not those questions, but which may have been interpreted as that.”
# consultation
Expert group appointed to decide which conditions should automatically qualify for medical card
The public consultation process will get underway tomorrow.
# Medical Cards
Noonan: Some people will get their medical cards back
There was a “long discussion on medical cards at Cabinet yesterday”.
# Medical Cards
People who had medical cards revoked could now have them restored
From January 2013 to April 2014 there was a fall-off of 16,000 discretionary medical cards.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
Everyone’s been talking about an emergency landing, a missing woman and a motor rally tragedy.
# What now?
'Medical card review suspension means nothing to us - they already took ours away'
Alex White says a special section of the HSE will be tasked with dealing with those that have already had their medical cards revoked.
# Retrospective
Families who had discretionary medical card revoked already will not get them back
The HSE said there are legal issues surrounding the reinstating of discretionary medical cards that have already been taken away.
# promises
Alex White to meet with medical card campaigners this afternoon
The parents want reassurance those who had their cards removed before the announcement yesterday will get them back.
# Cutbacks
Alex White denies presiding over medical card review, says it was a joint decision
The junior minister admitted that the government was “too slow to move on the issue”.
# welcomed
Stopping of medical card reviews welcomed but government warned "We need a big fix not a quick fix"
The IMO says cards which have been withdrawn should be returned.
# Health
Discretionary medical card review process to stop immediately
A panel of experts will he set up by the HSE to assess the conditions that qualify under medical need.
# pledge to help
'This isn't the Ireland we all know': Taoiseach meets medical card campaigners
Enda Kenny said yesterday that he plans to fix the problem where discretionary medical cards are being removed from ill children.
# promise
Taoiseach pledges to solve problem of medical cards being removed from sick children
Enda Kenny said proposals were being submitted tomorrow in a bid to fix the problems with the system.
# Medical Card Crisis
"Taking medical cards from sick children is not acceptable" - Michael Noonan
The Finance Minister said seven per cent of people lost their cards after a review.
Medical card protest to take place outside Government buildings today... and everyday
Campaign group Our Children’s Health said they will protest every day until the Health Act of 1970 is changed.
Number of discretionary medical cards falls by over 16,000
In January 2013, 63,126 were eligible for a discretionary medical card. In April 2014, just 46,535 now have a discretionary medical card.
# Medical Cards
'They may not have a voice, but they certainly have an army of supporters' CEO of Jack and Jill
A ‘Show of Support’ Campaign will be held outside government buildings tomorrow.
# families battle
Over 50,000 sign petition over discretionary medical cards as parents say 'no more'
The campaign wants the law changed so that any child diagnosed with a serious illness or congenital condition automatically gets a full medical card.
# Gardagate
Taoiseach won't say yet what he told Secretary General to tell Callinan
If he is called before the Commission of Investigation into the GardaGate scandal, he will “respond fully” on the issue.
# free gp care
Doctors call for 'Robin Hood' approach to medical card crisis
The NAGP want the government to divert money that’s ring-fenced for free under six care to discretionary medical cards.
'They took the medical card from our little girl. She has Cerebral Palsy and may never walk'
Five-year-old Lauryn Tracy had her wheelchair stolen last year and now the HSE have revoked her medical card.
# means tested
Symphysiotomy survivors are being assessed for medical card reviews
A survivors group is accusing the Government of “hollowness”.
# Health Committee
Politicians head on day trip to find out "first hand" what's going on with medical cards
The group of TDs will travel to north Dublin to visit the HSE’s medical card centre.
# contracted
Outsourcing of medical card reviews to German company blamed for 'bizarre judgements'
Clare Daly TD told the Dáil that staff at Dublin-based Arvato Finance are not trained to carry out the reviews.
# hardship
Taoiseach says nobody should be asked if their child 'still had Down syndrome?'
Medical cards were discussed in the Dáil this afternoon.
# horror stories
Dáil hears of woman with spinal and brain cancer who lost medical card
The story was one of many outlined as part of a Sinn Féin motion this evening.
# alex kinne coyle
Dad of boy with rare disease pens moving 'I have a dream' speech
Alex Kinne Coyle has a rare disease and needs constant care – but his medical card was revoked this year.