Updated: 03/05/17 : 07:01:15Printable Version
Sligo University Hospital management have declined to provide details regarding the amount of income generated by car parking charges at its multiple public facilities.Reasons arising from a 'tendering process' was the explanation given for the non-disclosure of the figures.
The same explanation was cited by Galway University Hospital and Letterkenny University Hospital.
Since a Sligo county councillor recently called on the HSE to relax parking measures for patients receiving cancer treatment at Sligo University Hospital was first reported by Sligo Today
the exorbitant parking costs for patients and visitors in the nation's major hospitals has hit the national headlines.
In late March, Ballymote-based Councillor Keith Henry raised the matter at a meeting of the HSE Health Forum in Galway.
The Fianna Fáil councillor said that the HSE had contracted the management of the carparks in Sligo out to a private company so he maintained that there is no reason why they cannot give passes for the duration of their treatment and It would be a kind gesture to patients who require to be at the hospital maybe several time during the week and would help alleviate financial costs.
Cllr Henry was informed that Clinical Nurse Managers have the authority to issue parking passes to patients as they see fit. See link below
It emerged this week that the income generated by hospital car parks is enormous with Cork University Hospital taking €3.1m last year. The HSE said that the income "forms an integral part of the hospital's budgetary policy and the net proceeds are invested back into the hospital for the provision of services".
Parents of sick children attending Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, in Dublin, paid over €460,000 in car park income last year.
Those parking at Our Lady's Children's car park are charged €3.20 for the first hour and €5 for the first two hours.
The hospital employs an external management company to manage car parking and all cars parked unofficially throughout the car park will be clamped and a release fee applies.
Last year €19.25m in parking charges were levied on patients and visitors by hospitals in Ireland.The current charge to park at Sligo University Hospital is €3 for four hours.
In 2015 the Sligo hospital carpark management company charged just €15 per week to Travellers who set up a temporary halting site taking over several spaces and blocked entry to 'their' area.
A Euro Parks attendant told Sligo Today
at the time that the €15 fee entitled them to stay. See link (2) below
Link: Sligo Today 31/3/2017
Link (2) : Sligo Today 24/5/2015