Almost three million euro generated by Shannonside hospital car parks in 2017

Almost three million euro was generated by parking charges in hospitals in the Shannonside region in 2017.

According to information provided by freedom of information, 1.1 million euro was paid to a private car park operator at Galway university hospital.

Over 60-thousand-euro a day is collected by hospitals in parking revenue, according to new figures from the HSE.

The data – obtained the data through a parliamentary question – shows 22-point-4 million euro was received by hospitals around the country in 2017.

Almost three million of that figure was collected across hospitals that serve the Shannonside region.

In total 2.925 million was collected from six hospitals – Roscommon university hospital is the only facility in the region where parking is free.

Private providers of hospital parking secured over €375,000 at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore while at its sister hospital in Mullingar the hospital run carpark generated €225,000 in car parking charges.

Cavan General hospital also generated €240,000 in through its car park while Sligo university hospital where the car park is privately run- generated €468k in 2017.

Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe also generated €166,820 through fees charged via a private operator in 2017.

The highest income generated from hospitals in the Shannonside region was at Galway University hospital where 1.449 million was paid over by patients and visitors in 2017 to a private company.