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Hospital car parking charges need to be abolished – O’Reilly

15 May, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD said that is both achievable and necessary to abolish hospital car parking charges for sick patients attending hospitals for treatment.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“When a patient is sick, the last thing they or their loved one’s need is a hefty car parking bill; it is extremely unfair and adds to stress and strain at a very difficult time.

“Charges for car parking at hospitals are a charge on people who are unwell and levied on them because solely because they are sick.

“Patients have told us that they simply can’t manage the cost of parking on top of other expenses they face as they battle their illness.

“A Parliamentary Question reply I received from the HSE showed that, last year, over €22 million was collected in car parking charges from sick patients and others.

“The Irish Cancer Society have pointed out that cancer patients are paying up to €63 a week in car parking charges as they attend hospital to receive their treatment; this is a serious burden to many, many patients with cancer and other illnesses.

“The Minister for Health should be working with hospitals to phase out car parking charges in the interest of sick patients - this was done by the NHS in Wales and to an extent in Scotland so there is a blueprint for how this can work.

“We should be making sure the patient experience as smooth as possible and not charging people for being ill.” 

Note: Please see attached the PQ in question

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