Sunday, February 20, 2005


Does Harney Have a Conscience or Not?

It's been reported today that the Department of Health has been advised it can refuse to refund illegal nursing home charges,paid before 1999.
Last week,the Supreme Court ruled that docking nursing home patient's pensions for their care was illegal and that refunds,worth up to €2bn,would have to be paid back.

However lawyers have told Health Minister,Mary Harney,that she can invoke the statute of limitations,meaning claims more than six years old can be thrown out.This would reduce the Government's liability to €500m.

There has been no comment yet from the Governemnt on whether they will use this opportunity.

My cynicical views on politicans have been well documented on this site before and I feel it is only a matter of time before Harney takes this opportunity,even though morally it can't be justified.Prove me wrong,Harney!


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