Producer Karl Broderick’s shock at being clamped while comforting disabled sister in hospital
Published 15/05/2015 | 08:27
Producer Karl Broderick has spoken about being clamped at hospital while helping his sister.
The panto producer, who wed TV3 presenter Alan Hughes in a civil ceremony in 2013, was in James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown with his sister Josephine, who has Down Syndrome, to support her during an operation.
Karl spoke on RTE Radio One, weighing in on the debate around hospitals' pay and display parking system, resulting in multiple clampings.
Karl says the pair arrived at hospital at 8am and he put enough money in for two hours, then stayed by his sister's side rather than leaving her to top up the amount, only to return to find a clamp on his car.
Speaking on Liveline on RTE Radio One, he said: "I said to the nurse, 'I really need to pop out' and he said, 'You can't really leave her, you need to stay with her to keep her calm'. We went into the theatre and it's a big operation, there are five or six doctors and nurses around her, my little sister literally holds my hand until she falls asleep which is traumatic enough.
He called the clamping company to explain the circumstances, but said they wouldn't budge. He added that a nurse wrote a letter to the company as well and told of an older patient who found herself clamped after a day at hospital.
"She told me there was an old lady there who popped out to the meter three times that day and the third time she was clamped and she was leaving the hospital really upset and she was with her elderly husband," he explained.
"I hate injustice and the thought of people who may have suffered bereavement to go out to a clamping or say you've driven yourseld there and you don't have family to drive you and you can't get out to feed a meter," he pleaded on air.
"It's the wrong system for a hospital. I just think people must leave the hospital with bad news, having been put in a gown and told it will be four or five hours before you're seen. You should only pay for parking when you're leaving."
Broderick added the the clamp was later removed.
A statement from the HSE was read on air, saying that the current pay and display system was the best for the layout of the premises and said parking arrangements are being reviewed.