Abolition of hospital charges ‘a drop in the ocean for squeezed middle’

A Sligo Fianna Fail Cllr has described the planned abolition of inpatient charges at public hospitals as a drop in the ocean in helping the so called ‘squeezed middle’.


There’s currently an annual cap of 800 euro a year – charged at 80 euro a day.


However Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is bringing a memo to Cabinet today, and he hopes they would be in place by April, in a bid to bring Ireland closer to universal healthcare.


It’s aimed at easing the strain on patients who are already sick.


Local Cllr and Member of the Regional Health Forum West Donal Gilroy hopes it’ll make the system a bit fairer: