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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.

Readers' comments (4)

  • I think it's discusting that employees of the NHS should pay for parking. Absolutely appalling and about time we had a decent union to actually stand up for our rights instead of mamby pambying around.. Often, due to the shift pattern, nurses have no choice but to use their cars. Its just another way for the government to cut our wages and i can't believe that trusts are allowed to actually make money out of us. I felt so strongly in one trust I actually refused to do bank shift there.

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  • I hope that this will not mean that the back-door tax on sickness will be allowed to increase year on year in the way that it has.

    The NHS: free at the point of use, except you need a loan to pay for car park charges!

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  • I think the Government should dictate to Trusts the maximum that they can charge staff. East Kent hospitals trust has just decided to increase its staff car parking charges by 240%! from around £50 a year (manageable for most staff) to around £180 a year (a large amount for the lowest paid). I think, particularly in view of wage freezes, that this is completely unacceptable. And what is most galling is the state of the staff car park, badly maintained and very difficult to find a parking spot even if you've paid for your permit. East Kent hospitals are raking in the money from this and where is it going. Most of us have little choice when it comes to driving to work, they do provide a shuttle bus but it is frankly a pathetic service which drives past you if its full so there is no guarantee of being able to get on it anyway. Disgraceful way to treat your staff.

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  • My trust put up the car park charges by 100% last year and again as from the 1st August they will go up by 100%. It may not seem a lot to park your car at £2 per day but for most staff this is £32 - £40 per month. Why should we pay and increase of of £240 for the year to help with the deficit. It is not right that this money can be collected from the staff, do we not do enough. They have put a two year freeze on our wages and also reduced the amount of subsidising they offer on meals for staff in the canteen.

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