Reinstate HPV vaccine programme – Rally in Cork


On Wednesday December 10th at 6:30pm there will be a rally on Daunts Square which is being organised by
Harney must reinstate cervical cancer vaccine group on Facebook. There is also a candle light vigil at the same time outside the Dáil on the same day. Full details on the Facebook event page.

Meanwhile Gavin’s blog has an update on the strength of the facebook group.

It is over issues such as this, the breast cancer misdiagnoses and numorous other muck-ups in our health system that Mary Harney shold resign over, not some haircut paid for by FÁS.

Please come along next Wednesday and bring a camera!

Don’t forget their is an online petition!

Cervical Cancer Vaccination Programme

I have been following Redmum very closely on this issue has she has some excellent links and footage of Harneys statement in the Dail. She has some excellent posts which include links and ideas to try and change the Governments mind on this issue.

*HPV vaccination programme ‘put on hold’

*Email Harney photographs of your daughters

*Some more action on Cervical Cancer

She has also linked to a petition so please sign it!

Also Grandad has an excellent post on this issue and Mary Harney and the HSE in general which is also worth a read.

It is a shame that the Government have withdrawn this service and it should be reinstated.

Budget – Still not happy…

So we have had two major(ish) u-turns on the latest budget. One on medical cards, but still 5% of pensioners will lose their medical card and one on the 1% “Lenihan Levy” which means that if you earn €17,540 you don’t pay tax but if you earn €17,541 you do as P. O’Neil points out over in Irish Election. I’m still not happy with that as I work in retail so therefore have to work Sundays and public holidays meaning I get overtime and have to pay the tax. I worked it out. On my average wage the Government will get what it will cost me to go to College next year! I agree with the unions that the limit should be set at €22,000.

But now attention is moving on to the cuts in Education and to a lesser extent Social Welfare. Will the Government u-turn on these I doubt. Schools look like they won’t re-open in January due to health and safety concerns. 16 yr olds lose their disability benefit (to save 0.07% of the departmental budget!!!!!!). Lenihan has targetted the old, the sick and the young!

This PR Budget, has blown up in their faces! They would be better off re-writing or better yet Lenihan and Harney resigning.

You could add Mary Coughlan to that list as she has shown how useless she is in her current post as Tánasite. What an embarrassment to Brian Cowen this government must be, which is ultimately a reflection on him as he appointed them. The Greens don’t come out much better with Mary White trying to claim that the Greens were going to pull out over the Medical Card, they weren’t! The gainers from this have been Labour, Fine Gael, Sinn Fein and Independents, especially Finian McGrath and newly indpendent Joe Behan. I think next years local’s are a near dead cert loss for Fianna Fail over the Budget.

I do apologise for the incoherency of this post, but my mind is frazzled from last night

A Vision For Change – Ministers Response

Well I got a response last week from Minister Harney’s Private Secretary about my enquiry on funding for Vision for Change. I was basically sent a rewritten press release with my name on the top of it. The part they really want to ram home is this I think

In view of the significant additional investment in 2006 and 2007, it is appropriate, in 2008, to pause and review the situation to ensure consolidation of the investment to date.

That is no excuse, and we should not be taking it for an excuse. The investemnt is needed according to the minister letter over “7 – 10 years” so why are we stopping after two years of not complete investment?

According to the Minister

A total of €51.2 million has been allocated since 2006 which represents over a third of the overall requirement

Yet we know that most of this money was not spent on the investemnt it was earmarked for!

I am not happy with the response. I will now be contacting my Local TD’s and Senators. I do not like being misled, which this response clearly is aiming to do.

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