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Friday 25 April 2014

€150 to park at KGH and visit loved one

COUNCILLORS SLAM HIGH COST

MEMBERS of Kerry County Council have hit out at what they called the "enormous" and "outrageous" prices charged for car parking at Kerry General Hospital.

Labour Councillor Breda Moynihan Cronin brought a motion before Monday's monthly meeting of Kerry County Council calling on the HSE South to introduce a car parking scheme for families of patients who are approaching the end of their lives to ensure the family members of critically ill patients are not subject to "enormous" and "outrageous" parking charges at Kerry General Hospital.

Cllr Cronin told the chamber she was moved to bring the motion after she was contacted by the family of a critically ill patient from south Kerry who had been forced to pay €150 in parking fees at Kerry General Hospital over just two days while visiting their dying relative.

"This family live an hour away from Tralee so they had no option but to use the car park at the hospital. I'm not looking for free parking for everyone. I'd just like to see more affordable parking provided on compassionate grounds for the families of patients who are dying," she said.

The motion was unanimously backed by the assembled councillors and Mayor of Kerry Cllr Terry O'Brien (Lab), who recently met with hospital management along with the mayors of Tralee, Killarney and Listowel to discuss the cost of parking at KGH, said he intended to raise the matter with Hospital management once more in the near future.

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