The Irish Cancer Society has called for free or subsidised parking for all cancer patients. The society wants politicians to take a stand on this issue following the unsuccessful campaign late last year to get hospitals to change their parking pricing policy for patients undergoing cancer treatment. The Society contacted every hospital that provides cancer treatment earlier this month but found no difference between the 2016 and 2017 rate. Revenue raised from parking at all but four cancer hospitals in 2016 increased by over €4 million on 2015.
Donal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society said: “Patients are telling us that they can’t cope with the cost of parking but the hospitals aren’t listening. We are overwhelmed by the huge public reaction to our campaign to ‘park the charges’ for cancer patients. This demonstrates the breadth of support for free parking for people being treated for cancer, something that affects thousands of people every day. We want politicians and the HSE to acknowledge the financial impact of hospital parking on families and we need to see real action to address it,” he stressed.