O’Brien says hospital carparks are unfair cash cows

DOUBLING the parking charges in St Luke’s Hoapital and other hospitals is an abuse of its position by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

DOUBLING the parking charges in St Luke’s Hoapital and other hospitals is an abuse of its position by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

That’s the opinion of Thomastown councillor Michael O’Brien. “I am being consistent when I berate the HSE for using their visitor car parks as unfair cash cows, because my views on this a matter of public record,” he said.

The outspoken Labour Party councillor, who is a member of the HSE South Forum said that by doubling the parking charges for patients and hospital visitors this year, the HSE is abusing its position. Speaking after a recent forum meeting, Cllr O’Brien told the Kilkenny People that he fought strongly against this practice when it was introduced some years ago.

The assurances given at that time that modest fees were needed to defray capital and maintenance costs. “However, this trust is now well and truly broken and the victims are among the most vulnerable people in society. Anyone who is medically unlucky in life to require hospital care is a soft target for this unfair cash cow,” he said. “I will continue to speak out about this unjust matter until a satisfactory outcome is reached, Cllr. O’Brien concluded.