The CAI received an indication on 7th March that the Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI), will be given an opportunity to present at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health (JOC).
Three members of the CAI: Dr. Heather Tompson, Dr. James Cosgrave an Dr. Lyndsey O' Leary met with Dr. MIchael Harty, the Chair of the JOC. This was an informal meeting, but much was accomplished. Dr. Harty was open and receptive to our initiative. The meeting lasted nearly an hour. He assured them that the CAI would get a meeting with the JOC, but it may not be until end of April. He also mentioned that the members of the JOC appear very supportive of Chiropractors. Dr. Harty said they recommended to the Government that the Statutory Instrument, not be signed until after the meeting. He also mentioned that the Department of Health, (DOH), will be invited to the meeting as well.
The date for the CAI's appearance before the JOC, has now been set for the 25th April. The JOC did send a letter to the Department of Health (DOH), recommending that the Statutory Instrument should not be signed before the meeting.
The CAI appreciate the support of so many TD's; they have been excellent at asking Parliamentary Questions, unfortunately they all seem to get a similar response from the minister. All TD's are invited to the JOC, we do hope many will attend. Now would be a good time to make contact again with your local TD, to remind them that this campaign is ongoing.
The President of the CAI had sent another letter on 23rd February, to Minister Harris, asking for a meeting with him and Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Offcer at the Department of Health. A reply was received from the Minister's Private Secretary; it basically stated 'due to a full schedule, the Minister will not be able to meet with the CAI'.
While this is disappointing, it is not surprising and we have not given up hope. Obviously, Minister Harris has quite a few other issues to deal with presently, e.g. Referendum on Repealing the 8th Amendment.
We were initially going to supply the TD's with many more documents; however Depuy Harty has mentioned that TD's appreciate concise infomation. We are currently working on a plan for the JOC meeting. We wll be contacting the members of the JOC, thanking them for their support and supplying them with further information in advance of the meeting.
Dr. Tony Accardi, President CAI