Calls To Abolish Car Parking Charges For Cancer Patients

The push is from the Irish Cancer Society's pre-budget submission.

The Government is being urged to abolish car parking charges for cancer patients.

It's part of the Irish Cancer Society's pre-budget submission.

Patients at Regional Hospital Mullingar pay a daily rate of €6.50 for car parking, with no specific concessions for cancer patients.

The rate is cheaper in Portlaoise, at €5, however there's also no concessions for cancer patients at that hospital.

In Tullamore, those attending the hospital are charged €5 every day, while cancer patients pay €1 in daily parking.

The Irish Cancer Society says car parking charges are causing additional stress and anxiety to cancer patients and their loved ones at a time when they are already vulnerable. 

It claims the Government has promised to reform the charges since 2018, and reiterates no cancer patient, regardless of where they are getting treatment, should have to pay for parking for their hospital appointments.

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