Adding to stress’

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

SOME cancer pa­tients are still hav­ing to pay up to ¤63 a week in hos­pi­tal car park­ing charges.

A sur­vey of 26 pub­lic hospitals treat­ing cancer pa­tients shows 10 of­fer free car park­ing, while a fur­ther six give con­ces­sions on a daily or weekly ba­sis.

The Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety, which car­ried out the sur­vey, said, “ten hospitals still charge pa­tients full costs — adding to the stress of peo­ple who al­ready have other ex­penses. It’s un­fair that one pa­tient be­ing treated in Con­nolly Hos­pi­tal in Dublin goes free, when an­other, 15 min­utes down the Na­van Road, pays up to €15 a day in the Mater Hos­pi­tal, or that pa­tients in Water­ford pay €8, when those in Kilkenny pay noth­ing.”

“Pa­tients can feel the dif­fer­ence free car park­ing makes in their pocket at the end of the month, espe­cially at a time when they’re fac­ing big losses in in­come, and are fork­ing out a lot more by way of statu­tory charges, med­i­ca­tion and in­creased heat­ing and elec­tric­ity bills, among other new or in­creased costs,” said spoke­man Donal Buggy.

It called on the HSE to pub­lish guide­lines on th­ese charges. Pa­tients also need bet­ter in­for­ma­tion on the con­ces­sion avail­able which they may not be aware of.

It comes as Cancer Week Ire­land is marked by the Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety and Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin.

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