Parking charges reduced for cancer patients
The Irish Cancer Society has welcomed news that the South Infirmary Victoria Hospital are to introduce a new daily rate of €5 for cancer patients.
The news comes in light of recent reports that cancer patients are paying up to €63 per week in parking charges.
The Irish Cancer Society has been campaigning to 'Park the Charges' for cancer patients and have said that this is the first step in reducing excessive financial burdens placed on sick people in Ireland.
Their campaign received strong public support, with over 3,000 people signing an online petition calling on hospitals to end the charges, which also received support from a number of councillors across Cork County and City Councils.
Donal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy for the society, said "This is a good example of the compassion required at hospitals right across the country, and means that cancer patients having treatment in Cork won't have to pay more than €5 a day for parking."
Mr. Buggy expressed hope that "Cork sets the trend for other big urban areas where car parking costs are especially high.
He also thanked Cork politicians for their support in the issue, saying "It's very positive to see politicians of all shades coming together to support a policy that will make a real difference in the day to day lives of cancer patients,"
Other Cork hospitals such as Mallow and Bantry have a free parking policy.
For more information on the 'Park the Charges' campaign, go to www.cancer.ie/parkthecharges