‘Urgent’ work required to cap carpark charges in hospitals

by Gazette Reporter

Urgent work is needed to progress the Programme for Government’s provision for the capping of carpark charges in hospitals, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Minister Josepha Madigan said the Government must ensure there are no further unnecessary burdens borne by people undergoing potentially lifesaving treatments.

She was speaking after the launch of the European Commission’s EU Beating Cancer Plan, a political commitment aiming to leave no stone unturned to take action against the disease.

Minister Madigan said: “For many patients undergoing chemotherapy, a typical hospital visit could last a number of hours. I am also aware of elderly patients using public transport simply because they are unable to afford the massive build-up of these charges.

“The Programme for Government commits to continuing the rollout of the National Cancer Strategy (2017-2026). This focuses heavily on preventing cancer across our population, diagnosing cancer early, providing optimal care to patients and maximising their quality of life.

“I welcome that €12 million was allocated specifically for the restoration of cancer services in the context of COVID-19 in Budget 2021. Funding of €20m has been allocated for the continued implementation of the National Cancer Strategy this year.

“However, I believe that the State can go further. Cancer is a cruel and heartless disease that has affected the vast majority of families in Ireland – including my own.

“I have seen first-hand the trauma and devastation that cancer causes to a patient – and I believe that the State should be doing everything in its power to ensure that no further unnecessary burdens are borne by those undergoing potentially lifesaving treatments.”

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