Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty has today (Tuesday) called for the system of processing applications for optical benefit to be re-examined immediately.
“I have been contacted by many constituents frustrated at the system currently in place. At the moment, optical benefit applications from Meath, are currently taking nearly seven times longer to process than those of their neighbouring counties. This issue is causing a major headache for both customers and businesses”.
"It makes no sense that we have a system whereby applications from one county are processed faster than in another. In an age of technology, patient convenience and ease of access to these benefits should be improved.
“I believe that this matter requires urgent attention and I intend to write directly to the Minister."