Hospital car park charges criticised

The Health Service Executive has said no part of the increases to parking charges at Letterkenny General Hospital will go to the car park operator.

The Health Service Executive has said no part of the increases to parking charges at Letterkenny General Hospital will go to the car park operator.

A local councillor has expressed concern at the increases which has seen the charge for four hours parking rise from 2.50 euro to 3 euro. The 24-hour charge has increased from 5 euro to 6 euro.

Cllr. Gerry McMonagle criticised the price increases for patients and people visiting relatives. He said the move will lead to an increase of parking at housing estates surrounding the hospital and more inconvenience for those residents who live nearby.

In a statement, the HSE said the increase is the first in four years and “reflects the need to fund the on-going car park developments and maintenance without utilising the budget allocated to the hospital”.

Hospital General Manager Seán Murphy said: “No element of this price increase will be paid to the car park operator. The total income from these charge increases will be made available to the hospital.”

The increases have been in place since March 1st. Short stay dedicated visitor car park charges will remain unchanged at 1.20 euro per hour and the weekly charge will remain unchanged at 15.00 euro.