Tuesday, 24th April 2018
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Cllr Jason Murphy calls on UHW management to scrap cruel parking charges for cancer sufferers and their families Fianna Fáil city councillor Jason Murphy is calling on hospital management at UHW not to wait for the results of a national review into hospital parking charges but to show "compassion and leadership" by unilaterally abolishing what he described as a "cruel and insensitive" levy on cancer sufferers and their families at the Waterford hospital.

Cllr Murphy stated, "While I obviously welcome the long overdue announcement by Minster Harris of a review into exorbitant hospital parking charges I am now calling on management at UHW to show compassion and leadership by immediately scrapping parking charges for cancer sufferers and their families while they're receiving treatment at UHW".

Cllr Murphy who is also a member of the Regional Health Forum proposed a motion along with his party colleague Cllr John O' Leary almost twelve months ago to have the charges scrapped.

Cllr Murphy continued "It's now nearly a year since Waterford City and Country Council passed unanimously my motion to have these cruel charges ended for cancer treatment patients and their families, given that UHW profited to the tune of 1.5 million euro from parking charges in 2016 and that St Luke's in Kilkenny, South Tipp, Wexford General and indeed Cork University Hospital don't charge cancer patients it's high time Waterford followed suit. It's time now to put compassion before profit and to relieve what is an unecessary stress on cancer sufferers and their families at a hugely difficult time."

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