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'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.

Our Children's Health campaigners meet the Taoiseach outside Government buildings this morning.
Our Children's Health campaigners meet the Taoiseach outside Government buildings this morning.
Image: Our Children's Health

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY today acknowledged campaigners from Our Children’s Health group.

The group began demonstrating outside Government Buildings this week, with a 20 foot banner, pledging that they will be there every day until the situation where discretionary medical cards being removed from ill children is dealt with.

This morning, Kenny met the group and told the campaigners that he planned to do something about it, telling them: “This isn’t the Ireland we all know.”

Peter Fitzpatrick, co-founder of the group, told the Taoiseach about their petition.

In just ten days nearly 60,000 people have signed the petition calling on legislation to be changed that will legally entitle any child diagnosed with a serious illness of congenital condition to a full medical card.

Petition

“We said to him that almost 60,000 people have now clearly said that every seriously ill child should be legally entitled to a medical card – that we are appealing to him directly and that this policy change must come from him.”

Yesterday, Kenny said in the Dáil that he would “fix” the problem, saying that proposals were going to sub committee today.

He said “the whole process, the way of dealing with these, is not the way I want it to be”.

Fitzpatrick told TheJournal.ie that they “would wait to see what comes out today”.

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