Updated: 31/03/17 : 06:06:48
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Call for free car parking for SUH cancer patients

Sligo County Councillor Keith Henry has called on the HSE to relax parking measures for patients receiving cancer treatment at Sligo University Hospital. The Ballymote-based Councillor raised the matter at this week’s meeting of the HSE Health Forum in Galway.

“Councillors were recently contacted by the Irish Cancer Society to address the cost of parking at Sligo University Hospital for cancer patients or a designated carer. As a member of the health forum I felt that I should raise the matter there” Cllr Henry said.

“Individual hospitals can act unilaterally and introduce the free parking for cancer patients that operates so well at a minority of hospitals such as Wexford General Hospital, Mayo General, and St. Luke’s, Rathgar. The HSE have contracted the management of the carpark in Sligo out to a private company so there is no reason why they cannot give passes for the duration of their treatment,” he added.

Cllr Henry said “I don’t believe these passes would be abused as I’m sure the patients or designated carers would sooner not be attending the hospital at all. It would be a kind gesture to patients who require to be at the hospital maybe several time during the week for appointment and help alleviate with financial costs”.

In response to his motion the Fianna Fáil councillor was told that Clinical Nurse Managers have the authority to issue parking passes to patients as they see fit. The HSE are to contact the Hospital Management on foot of this motion to see how these passes and other measures could be implemented.