Hospital parking charges 'up to trusts'
Fears that nurses could be hit with higher hospital car parking charges have been allayed by government plans to ditch proposals to scrap the charges for inpatients and their visitors.
Union leaders told Nursing Times last year that trusts may increase levies on staff to pay for the potential £200m loss of income if previous government plans to abolish the charges went ahead.
But the coalition government has said it does not want to dictate to hospitals whether they should be allowed to charge for parking, meaning that it will be up to individual trusts to make their own decisions. A DH spokeswoman said trusts have a “responsibility” to ensure charges are not too high.