Ob­sta­cles in way of medical care

Irish Independent - - LETTERS & EDITORIAL COMMENT -

I have re­cently moved to Ire­land from the Isle of Man. I suf­fer from bipo­lar dis­or­der, among other ail­ments, and re­quire some as­sis­tance with the cost of my med­i­ca­tion. My doc­tor ap­proved my ap­pli­ca­tion for a medical card.

I took this form, along with the other doc­u­men­ta­tion re­quired, to my near­est In­treo Cen­tre in Wex­ford in or­der to ob­tain a PPS num­ber.

I was in­formed that the ap­pli­ca­tion form was not suf­fi­cient “in­ter­ac­tion with the Gov­ern­ment” to trig­ger the is­su­ing of a num­ber.

I have to post the ap­pli­ca­tion form to an­other Gov­ern­ment of­fice, know­ing that it will be re­jected as there is no PPS num­ber on it. Once I re­ceive the re­jec­tion let­ter, I then have to take it to the In­treo cen­tre, where my num­ber will be is­sued.

Ap­par­ently, this process will prove to them in­con­tro­vert­ibly that I am not a fraud­ster, crim­i­nal, ter­ror­ist or some other un­de­sir­able mis­cre­ant.

It is good to know that I’m not the only one with a men­tal dis­or­der. An­thony Waugh Ferns, Co Wex­ford

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