Naas Hospital parking charges criticised

Cancer patients want charges tackled

Paul O'Meara

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Naas Hospital parking charges criticised

Naas Hospital

Park charges levied by Naas Hospital have been criticised by the Irish Cancer Society.

It says the hospital raised €137,000 in parking revenues last year. However this was less than the figure generated by any other hospital in the region.

The ICS wants free or subsidised parking for all cancer patients receiving treatment.

However despite gathering a petition of 3,000 signatures supporting its call and a campaign in December, no hospital in Ireland has changed its parking pricing policy for cancer patients.

It says last year hospitals that offer cancer  treatment raised almost €18.75m in car parking fees – €4m. more than in 2015. The amount raised at Naas Hospital increased by €10,000 on last year.

“Patients are telling us they can’t cope with the cost of parking but the hospitals aren’t listening,” said Donal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at the ICS.