Hospital workers protest against car park charges
Health workers have protested against a 113% increase in parking charges at a city hospital where the car park is run under a private finance initiative (PFI) arrangement.
A permit for a month at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, allowing “14 exits” from the space, has rocketed in price from £42 to £89.50.
Permits allowing more than 14 exits in four weeks have also increased in cost, to £112.50.
Around 940 cheaper permits are available but this does not match the demand from staff, and priority for these is given to consultants.
The multi-storey car park is owned by Impregilo Car Parking and run by Apcoa under contract to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Parking fees at hospitals in Scotland were abolished in 2009 but three which are run under PFI still charge people to leave their vehicle.
Staff nurse Sharron Tomalon-Gallacher told the BBC: “GRI nursing staff provide a vital service to the people of Glasgow. It is imperative that they are able to get to work safely on time.
“Nursing shifts often start very early in the morning, meaning that for many public transport is not an option.
“Staff members who are unable to afford the increased costs may be forced to park outside the hospital grounds, potentially compromising their safety.”
A health board spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately as the car park is privately owned, we do not have any control over any tariff increases that Impregilo choose to make.”