Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Health
Hospital Car Parks
315. To ask the Minister for Health the amount collected in parking charges at all State hospitals; and the breakdown by location and annual amount in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021. [17736/21]
316. To ask the Minister for Health the number of instances in which hospital management or operators of their car parks have used debt collection companies to collect outstanding fees in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021. [17737/21]
317. To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider introducing a car park fee waiver scheme for persons that are required to attend hospitals on a frequent and prolonged basis. [17738/21]
The Programme for Governmentmakes a commitment to introduce a cap on the maximum daily charge for patients and visitors at all public hospitals, where possible and to introduce flexible passes in all public hospitals for patients and their families. I am very aware of the financial burden this issue can cause some patients and families. Accordingly, my Department and the HSE are currently examining the issue.