Pe­ti­tion fights ‘un­kind’ med­i­cal card cut­backs


Bray People - - About Greystones -

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.’

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