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Murphy slams HSE medical card decision



Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has slammed the HSE decision to not automatically award medical cards to all cancer patients, which he says has come as a devastating blow to cancer patients who are already under extreme pressure.

  Deputy Murphy said that cancer patients are incredibly disappointed at the outcome of a HSE review into the provision of automatic medical cards following a cancer diagnosis. He was speaking following a reply to a Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Question posed to Minister for Health, Simon Harris about proposals to automatically award medical cards to people who receive a cancer diagnosis.

  “At present, medical cards are automatically awarded to children and adolescents under the age of 18 who are given a cancer diagnosis. There was a genuine expectation among cancer patients, and support organisations, that following this review, this would be extended to all those who receive a cancer diagnosis.

  “This is totally unacceptable and I am dealing with many people who have a cancer diagnosis in counties Roscommon and Galway and they are under extreme pressure and strain and the last thing they need is a battle on their hands to fight for a medical card.

  “I am calling on Minister Harris to take action on this matter. A directive from the Government should be given to ensure that all patients who receive a cancer diagnosis are awarded a medical card,” concluded Deputy Murphy.

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