Petition fights ‘unkind’ medical card cutbacks
PENSIONERS HIT FINE GAEL’S HARRIS COLLECTS SIGNATURES
GREYSTONES Fine Gael’s Simon Harris went around Greystones last Saturday collecting signatures for a petition calling on the Government to reverse its decision to means test medical cards for the over 70s.
Mayor of Greystones George Jones said that this particular cut is the undkindest act of the Government, placing undue stress and anxiety on all pensioners in the country.
The pensioners who will lose their medical cards will also now face doctors fees, medicine bills, increased A&E fees, in- patient bed charges, chiropody fees, physiotherapy and occupational therapy bills.
‘As Mayor of Greystones and Chairman of the County Wicklow Development Board, who have set up a forum for the elderly, I will discuss with organisations like the Active Retirement Organisation and Vincent De Paul the need to commence a campaign to convince the Minister to reverse this stupid decision.’
‘People are disgusted,’ said Simon Harris. ‘This reckless, harsh decision has put fear, stress and confusion in the lives of older people and their families.’