Dublin hospitals may soon provide free parking spaces for cancer patients and their families who frequently attend clinics, so reports Dublin Live.
Independent councillor for North Inner City, Nial Ring, is planning to table a motion in relation to the issue at a Dublin City Council meeting this Tuesday.
The motion calls on the following hospitals to waive parking fees for cancer patients: Crumlin, Beaumont, the Mater, St James’ and St Vincent’s Hospital.
Ring mentioned that added that the cost to hospitals would be minimal and that the “technology is there” to make the spaces available.
Head of services and Advocacy at The Irish Cancer Society, Donal Buggy, wrote a letter to the council in relation to the issue and stated “no progress has been made”.
“At the six hospitals within Dublin City Council’s boundaries that provide cancer treatment, on average, a typical four-hour stay during treatment costs cancer patients €8.”
“One day’s parking at the Mater costs €15. This is just one euro less than a day in the Stephen’s Green car park, one of the most expensive spots to park in the city.”
In a report published by The Irish Cancer Society last December, surveys found that patients are paying up to €63 a week in car parking charges, on top of already staggering medical fees.