We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Junior health minister and Labour TD Kathleen Lynch Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Plans to means-test care are 'an attack on elderly and disabled'

Plans reported on the frontpage of the Sunday Business Post have drawn criticism from Sinn Féin today.

SINN FÉIN HAS hit out at reported plans by the government to introduce a system of means-testing patients in receipt of mental health or disability care from the HSE or voluntary organisations.

The Sunday Business Post reports that Mental Health, Equality and Disability Minister Kathleen Lynch is considering plans that would see patients above a certain income threshold contributing to the cost of their care.

Lynch tells the paper that the plans would be part of a ‘money-follows-the-patient’ system but Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said such an idea is not acceptable and would be “another attack on older people and people with disabilities”.

“Charging vulnerable people for vital community-based services that, in many cases, are allowing them to remain in their homes and out of residential care, is not acceptable,” he said .

“It would be punitive and counter-productive and should not proceed.”

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Communications Minsiter said that he had not seen any paperwork that alluded to the story by Susan Mitchell in today’s Sunday Business Post.

But, he said, every government spending programme is under review ahead of October’s budget.

Read: HSE to temporarily pay mobility allowance to ‘prevent hardship’

Read: Watchdog to inspect disability centres for the first time

Read: At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.