Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1207)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

1207. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the status of the report into the cost of hospital car parks across the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36281/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Hospitals which charge parking fees are cognisant of the financial implications parking costs can have on patients and their families, particularly those with long-term illnesses. Some hospitals have introduced a maximum daily fixed parking charge, thus capping this expense. I understand that some hospitals also provide reduced rate parking for long-term patients and visitors for whom the payment of the full rate would cause hardship.

I have made it clear I want to see progress made in this area and I am working with my Department and the HSE in this regard. In March 2018, I requested the HSE to conduct a review of hospital car parking charges with a view to establishing clear national guidelines in the area. My Department and the HSE are currently engaging on a draft implementation plan to accompany the review report.

Question No. 1208 answered with Question No. 887.