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#Medical Cards

# medical-cards - Thursday 12 June, 2014

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.

# medical-cards - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

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.

# medical-cards - Sunday 8 June, 2014

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.

# medical-cards - Saturday 7 June, 2014

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.

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 - Friday 6 June, 2014

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.”

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning as we edge closer to the weekend.

# medical-cards - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Expert group appointed to decide which conditions should automatically qualify for medical card

The public consultation process will get underway tomorrow.

# medical-cards - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Noonan: Some people will get their medical cards back

There was a “long discussion on medical cards at Cabinet yesterday”.

# medical-cards - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

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.

# medical-cards - Sunday 1 June, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s been talking about an emergency landing, a missing woman and a motor rally tragedy.

# medical-cards - Saturday 31 May, 2014

'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.

# medical-cards - Friday 30 May, 2014

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.

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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.

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”.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Morning. It’s Friday and it’s June bank holiday. Here’s the nine things you need to know.

# medical-cards - Thursday 29 May, 2014

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.

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.

'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.

# medical-cards - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

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-cards - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

"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 HSE

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 HSE

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 - Monday 26 May, 2014

'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.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Morning folks. They’re still counting in some areas around the country, here are the nine big stories you need to know.

# medical-cards - Sunday 25 May, 2014

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.

# medical-cards - Wednesday 21 May, 2014

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.

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.

# medical-cards - Friday 16 May, 2014

'They took the medical card from our little girl. She has Cerebral Palsy and may never walk' HSE

'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.

# medical-cards - Thursday 15 May, 2014

Symphysiotomy survivors are being assessed for medical card reviews

A survivors group is accusing the Government of “hollowness”.

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.

# medical-cards - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

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.

Taoiseach says nobody should be asked if their child 'still had Down syndrome?'

Medical cards were discussed in the Dáil this afternoon.

# medical-cards - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

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.

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.

# medical-cards - Monday 12 May, 2014

Mother was asked by the HSE if her son 'still had Down syndrome'

The card for her four-year-old son was denied.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know this morning as you start your week.

# medical-cards - Sunday 11 May, 2014

Pharmacists accuse government of lying on medical card withdrawals

The new head of the Irish Pharmacy Union said that the it was “shocking” that the government denied the cards were being withdrawn.

# medical-cards - Friday 9 May, 2014

"It is only a matter of time before a stressed out parent is pushed over the edge"

Nurses caring for seriously ill children have written an open letter to Minister for Health James Reilly about the lack of discretionary medical cards for their patients.

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