Naughten secures commitment that existing rules will continue to apply
Denis Naughten TD has been informed by the Minister for Finance that the HSE has been directed to recommence the processing of Primary Medical Certificates for disabled drivers and passengers following the withdrawal of the scheme earlier this year.
Over the last number of months Deputy Naughten, Chair of the Dáil Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, has campaigned for the reinstatement of the Disabled Drivers Scheme as its suspension was effectively marooning people with a disability who did not have direct access to public transport.
The Minister, responding to Denis Naughten during Committee Stage of the Finance Bill, stated that he has instructed the HSE to start processing applications for the Primary Medical Cert in the same manner as they did before, but he also went on to state that he intends to carry out a review of the Disabled Drivers Scheme next year.
Deputy Naughten, while welcoming the announcement, questioned if public health doctors will be in a position to process a backlog of 1500 applicants and if the same interpretation of the rule will apply.
Responding Minister Paschal Donohoe stated that he is not aware of any problem with Public Health Doctors processing applications and that the rules that applied last year for both applications and appeals will continue to apply until the review of the scheme is completed next year.
Watch the committee discussion here: https://youtu.be/w4hos1FpGjI
Previous statement and background to the problem: https://denisnaughten.ie/2020/10/06/people-with-a-disability-marooned-as-3rd-mobility-scheme-suspended-naughten/