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Roscommon parents' appeal to scrap hospital parking charges

Sep 14, 2022 14:09 By Shannonside News
Roscommon parents' appeal to scrap hospital parking charges Roscommon parents' appeal to scrap hospital parking charges
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They say it makes an already stressful occasion even more stressful.

Two Roscommon parents are calling on car parking charges for people who have to bring children to medical appointments to be scrapped.

The Irish Cancer Society recently called on Hospital groups to abolish car parking charges for people receiving radio or chemotherapy.

Laura Cullinane's daughter was diagnosed at 21 months with a tumour on her kidney and suffered a relapse after her third birthday.

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Fiona Fallon's daughter Anna was born with a heart condition and spent 17 weeks at Crumlin Children's Hospital in the first year of her life.

The Roscommon women are hoping the government may call on hospitals to reduce or scrap charges at hospitals as the cost of living crisis cause additional stress for families.

Fiona says the stress of trying to get into small car parks is very difficult for parents.

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"It's extremely stressful on top of all the other stresses you have. Worrying whether or not you'd get into the car park in time to make the appointment and what would you do if you didn't? Those added stresses compound when you get to the car park gate and see a queue of ten cars in front of you. You have to make sure you've enough change as well".

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