Wednesday 25 April 2018

Harris orders review of hospital car park charges

Visitors and patients are paying more than a €1m in parking charges to HSE-run hospitals alone. Stock Image
Visitors and patients are paying more than a €1m in parking charges to HSE-run hospitals alone. Stock Image
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Health Minister Simon Harris has ordered a review of unpopular hospital car parking charges.

Earlier this week, the Irish Independent revealed that visitors and patients are paying more than a €1m per month in parking charges to HSE-run hospitals alone.

The real figure is higher when voluntary hospitals are included.

Mr Harris said yesterday: "I have heard from many patients, as well as groups such as the Irish Cancer Society, in relation to car parking charges in our hospitals and the need for national guidelines.

"I know that some hospitals do take into account the pressure that these charges can put on patients and families who are dealing with illness, particularly long-term illness, and have measures in place to alleviate this pressure.

"However, I want to make sure that we have national guidelines in place to inform practice in hospital parking charges around the country," he added.

Irish Independent

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