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Reminder to Magdalene survivors
25 May 2015 08:08
Women who are eligible for the State's Magdalene Laundries redress scheme who have not yet accepted the plan are being reminded that they can still avail of special medical cards.
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Minister of State for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch has said there is still time for these women to apply for the plan.
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From 1 July the Health Service Executive will make available, without charge, primary and health services for Magdalene survivors including GP services, prescribed drugs, dental services and home nursing.
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They will begin receiving what are called Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions (RWRCI) cards in June.
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Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Ms Lynch said over 500 women will receive the special medical cards this summer.
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"Any women out there who haven't already applied ... you know the door is not shut. There's no cut off date for this.
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"If they are out there and are willing to accept what's on offer, as laid out by Justice Quirke, then not only is the award available to them but indeed the medical card will be as well." The group Justice for Magdalene also told the programme the cards are long overdue.
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