Almost €500,000 taken in from parking charges in Lourdes Hospital last year

Almost €500,000 taken in from parking charges in Lourdes Hospital last year

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda took in almost half a million euro in fees from its car park last year.

New figures from the HSE, provided to Clare TD Dr Michael Harty show that €19.25m was generated in parking charges by hospitals around the country in 2016.

This figure is expected to be even higher as the HSE couldn’t provide car park income from Galway University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital or Letterkenny General Hospital due to commercial sensitivity reasons arising from a tendering process.

In total Our Lady of Lourdes took in €497,861 from its car park last year. This was actually the seventh lowest sum in the country for a main hospital with only Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin (€464,373), Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore (€400,302), Mayo University Hospital (€325,687), Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise (€322,017), South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital (€320,774) and Mullingar Regional Hospital (€301,513) taking in less. Figures for smaller hospitals, such as the Louth County Hospital, in Dundalk were not supplied.

The hospital with the highest car-parking income in the country is Cork University Hospital which generated €3.1m last year.

Currently, the Irish Cancer Society is calling for free or subsidised parking for all cancer patients receiving treatment.

Last December the group described parking charges at the Lourdes Hospital as “exorbitant” after it emerged some people were paying up to €40 per day in charges for parking.

In a survey of car parking across the country, the Society found that a four hour stay in the short term car park at Our Lady of Lourdes costs patients €15. At the Crosslane Car Park, patients face a charge of €9 for the same period.

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