The partner of terminally ill Wicklow woman Marie Fleming revealed today that the HSE demanded proof that the terminally ill woman is dying to qualify for a new medical card.
Ms Fleming (59), who suffers from MS, made headlines nationwide when she failed in a landmark case before the Supreme Court to make assisted suicide legal here.
Her partner Tom Curran, told the Irish Daily Mirror: “She nearly died last night, she could die at any minute, but the HSE still want proof that she is sick before they renew her medical card.”
The HSE decided last night that Ms Fleming could keep her medical card and said the request for documentation was a routine procedure.
The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today: “I’m not happy about what happened, I’m glad that the HSE has confirmed she is retaining her medical card.
“But I think it does show that the system can be quite cold at times and I think that that is something that we have to address.”