Pay & display parking forcing patients to run out of A&E to top-up meters
The pay & display car parking policy at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, must be urgently reviewed as patients are being forced to rush out of A&E in fear of being clamped, says Denis Naughten.
“While I believe that patients, carers and next of kin should not be charged parking fees at all at hospitals, the policy at Portiuncula Hospital where there is a clamping policy in place is totally unacceptable,” stated Denis Naughten.
“In most hospitals motorists pay for the time that they were in the hospital when they are about to exit. However, in Portiuncula, there is a pay & display system which leaves people guessing how long they will be before they go into the hospital.
“How could anybody going into A&E in Portiuncula at present have any idea how long they are going to be and therefore how long they will need a parking ticket for?
“In such situations people are paying for two hours but then having to rush out, sometimes with a sick child, to get another ticket because of the fear that they will be clamped.
“Nobody who has experienced a long wait in A&E with a sick relative or child wants to be faced with the prospect of being clamped when they go back to their car.
“The whole system of car parking charges at our hospitals needs to be overhauled. Patients, their carers, those providing transport for patients to appointment and next of kin such as the parent of a sick child should never have to pay for parking in any of our hospitals” concluded Denis Naughten.