Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has raised her concerns once again with the HSE and called for a decision to introduce transport fees be reconsidered for elderly services users in the CHO1 area.
Deputy Smyth said, “The Minister must allow the travel pass to be used on services transporting elderly and disabled clients to day centres or other appointments. This would remove the harsh fee which has been introduced for all in our area.
“We live in a region with little to no public transport. It is difficult enough to navigate around our county without supports, add into the situation a disability or being an older person without access to private transport, it may prove difficult to get to day services.
“The daily fee of €4.00 per day is not manageable with most users dependent on an income of social protection payments or old age pensions. Introducing this fee may increase rural isolation and cause wider health problems.
“We must not allow a problem to develop where people are weighing up attending a medical appointment with the costs of attending such an appointment,” concluded Deputy Smyth.
Please see parliamentary question response attached. PQ 16870_19 Deputy Niamh Smyth 26.4.19