Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Limerick City Cllr. James Collins says his party has put forward a range of measures to reduce health costs for people, including scrapping hospital car parking charges.

Cllr. Collins said the move is part of a wider health policy to lessen the burden on patients and their loved ones.

“While parking fees at University Hospital Limerick are capped at €10 a day, the costs can add up pretty quickly if someone is undergoing outpatient treatment or therapy over a number of weeks or months. This is yet another unnecessary expense for people who may already be under pressure if their illness has forced them to be out of work for any given period of time”, said Cllr. Collins.

“A HSE review into the issue, with a view to establishing clear national guidelines, was commissioned back in 2018 but we still haven’t seen the recommendations.

“Fianna Fáil has taken the decision that parking charges at hospitals should be removed. No one, whether they have to go to a hospital to be treated themselves or are visiting a loved one, should be burdened with expensive parking charges.

“When so many things are out of patients’ control, parking fees should not be another thing for them to worry about. If elected to government, Fianna Fáil will end these charges”, concluded Cllr. Collins.