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Call for health Minister to abolish hospital parking charges – Sinn Féin

1 December, 2008 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA and Deputy Chair of the Assembly Health Committee Michelle O'Neil has called for the Minister for Health, Michael McGimpsey to act on abolishing car parking charges within hospitals in the North.

Ms O'Neill was speaking ahead of a motion in the Assembly tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd) tabled by the Health Committee calling on Michael McGimpsey to act and abolish these charges.

Ms O'Neill said,

"I note the announcement from the Health Minister in May regarding the introduction of free hospital car parking for very ill patients and their families, however I do feel that further action needs to be taken.

"The reality is that people who are hospitalised have a number of pressures, as do their families, the Minister can go some way in alleviating the stress for people who find themselves in the hospital by scrapping these charges. Given the current economic climate and the financial burden on many citizens, to ask people to pay for visiting their loved ones who are in hospital is unacceptable.

"I hope the Minister and the Assembly will endorse the motion from the Health Committee tomorrow and help ease the burden on those people who find themselves having to visit our hospitals." CRÍOCH

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