Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran has said that the Government must establish guidelines to regulate car parking fees in hospitals across the country, particularly hospitals based in the Capital.

The Dublin Mid-West Deputy has previously urged both the Minister for Health and the HSE to carry out a review of hospital car parking charges for patients who require long-term care.

Commenting on the Minister’s recent announcement, Deputy Curran said, “I very much welcome the Minister’s agreement to carry out a review of hospital car parking charges across the country.

“Since the Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Park the Charges’ report revealed that cancer patients could be paying up to €63 a week in car parking charges, I have been committed to ensuring change.

“Patients who are regularly visiting hospitals are faced with an added financial burden by having to fork out for parking fees to attend appointments or vital treatment.

“I hope that this review is carried out without delay and that ultimately it will lead to clear national guidelines on car parking fees in hospitals.

“Should hospitals such as Tallaght adopt these guidelines and reduce their pricing policy for cancer patients, it will no doubt alleviate some of the difficulty with managing a long-term and serious illness.”