McCarthy welcomes patient parking move

Alliance Health spokesperson Kieran McCarthy MLA has welcomed news from the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey that patients will receive a car parking allowance for visits to hospitals.

Kieran McCarthy said: “This is very good news which I am happy to welcome. This shows that the Health Department recognises that patients should not have this extra burden placed upon them. Money can often be tight in families where a relative needs regular treatment, so one less cost is very helpfully

“Patients who visit hospitals several times a week for treatments such as dialysis can pay a lot of money in parking charges. These patients have a lot on their plates and so not having to worry about parking charges is very welcome.

“Hopefully this will be the start of several moves by the Health Department such as the long awaited introduction of free medical care for the elderly and free prescription charges.”


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