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Hospital car park fees in Scotland 'to be free'

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Hospital car parking will be free except in extreme circumstances where NHS boards will charge a maximum of £3 a day, a review of the system has decided.

The review group concluded that: ‘NHS Boards should provide car parking free of charge. However, when other measures put in place to manage car parking pressures are unsuccessful, Boards may charge for car parking facilities.’

Nicola Sturgeon, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, said: ‘The review group has found that the cost of car parking can be too high for staff on lower wages, for patients and for visitors.’

The group comprised of an NHS board chairperson, an HR director and a director of planning, representatives from the Scottish Partnership Forum, Macmillan Cancer Support and Scottish Health Council.

Matt McLaughlin, regional officer at Unison, said: ‘It is welcome that the cabinet secretary has recognised the need to cut the car parking charges that have become a tax on the sick.’

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