Green councillors to discuss medical-card concerns

Green Party councillors from across the country are to hold a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss their concerns about planned changes in the over-70s medical-card scheme.

The Government has come in for widespread criticism following its decision to scrap the automatic entitlement to medical cards for everyone over the age of 70.

The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, hinted over the weekend that the income thresholds for planned means tests may be increased in an effort to assuage anger over the move.

Green Party TD Paul Gogarty has already called for money from the horse and greyhound Industry Fund to be used to fund the medical card scheme for 2009.

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