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Dental Scheme “reaching crisis point” – councillor

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A Killarney Councillor is calling on the Council to urgently intervene in the Dental Medical Card Scheme which he says "is reaching crisis point".

Cllr John O'Donoghue, who said that he has spoken to numerous dentists in recent weeks about this issue, is calling on the Council to contact the Minister for Health and the HSE as many dental practices are refusing to take on new patients due to it being financially unviable.

"They paint a very bleak picture of the problem which has hit crisis point," he said.

"The Dental Medical Card Scheme has not been updated in years and it has led to a situation whereby it is no longer financially feasible for dentists to take on patients who are on the scheme. Some are still seeing their original patients but not taking on any new cases, while many more have simply stopped treating any patient who comes in to them with a Medical Card. It has led to a situation whereby I do not believe that at present, there is any dentist in the county of Kerry taking on new patients who wish to use their Medical Card."

He said that in recent weeks he rang dentists in Killarney, Tralee, Cahersiveen, Kenmare, Killorglin, Listowel, Dingle and many more in between.

Operating at a loss

"I could not find any who were willing to take on a new patient who wishes to use their Medical Card. The fault in this issue lies not with the dentists, as although I am not a businessman, I know the quickest way to go out of business is to operate at a loss. Indeed, I have huge sympathy for all who work in the dental surgeries in our county and beyond because this is a nationwide problem, as they are the people who have to face members of the public and tell them they can’t give them the treatment they so badly need. Many unfortunate people when faced with being unable to use their Medical Card for their treatment, and being unable to afford to pay for the treatment privately, are now opting to suffer the indignity of having the offending tooth or teeth extracted rather than treated. This is an appalling situation and I am horrified to think that any individual living in our county or country would be treated so poorly. It is a shocking indictment on the HSE that such a situation would still exist in 2022, and I call on the Minister for Health and the relevant bodies to intervene immediately and revise the scheme without delay."

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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