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Liberal Democrats reveal £110m hospital car parking charges


Car parking charges at NHS hospitals totalled £110m last year, according to the Liberal Democrats.

The £84m from visitors and £28m from staff amounts to “a tax on the sick”, says Peter Wilcock, Lib Dem candidate for Saffron Walden in Cambridgeshire.

He cited the £2.8m collected by Addenbrooke’s Hospital as being among the highest in the country.

He says: “No one is denying the need for hospitals to cover their costs, but that doesn’t mean they can use hidden charges to help themselves out of financial black holes.

“Ministers have ducked this issue for far too long and failed to ensure that Government guidelines are actually being followed.”

Stephen Robinson, Liberal Democrat candidate for Chelmsford, Essex, said: “I raised the charging issue when I met Broomfield hospital managers last year and will do so again.

“Mid Essex Hospitals must cut their ‘tax’ on patients - excessive car park charges, high bedside phone and TV charges and expensive 0844 phone numbers.

“We now need an urgent review into whether hard-working doctors and nurses and the chronically ill should be paying these charges at all.


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  • Here, here. It's bad enough you have to pay yearly for registration but to have to pay to come to work is ludicrous!

    I've worked for a trust who charged nursing staff to park and often there were no spaces upon arrival to shift. Until allocated spaces are made, we shouldn't have to pay theses ridiculous charges at all.

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  • The much-trumpeted Nursing Times campaign was a failure. A handful of nurses bothered to sign the on-line petition. Most recognised the truth that there is no such thing as a free lunch - or a free car park. Someone has to pay for those acres of tarmac, CCTV and security staff. Better that nurses - and politicians - put their campaigning energies into promoting sustainable active healthy travel. By happy coincidence Sustrans has today announced an initiative in Nottingham which will benefit thousands of health workers. To quote from the press release..........

    Students and staff at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will be encouraged to walk and cycle to and from campus in an investment project worth well over £3million over the next two years.
    Working with Nottingham City Council, the sustainable transport charity Sustrans will lend its expertise to an innovative new scheme to promote healthy, sustainable travel at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
    New cycle routes and other facilities will be provided alongside investment in new services such as bike hire and cycle training. The project will also offer tailor-made information on cycling to thousands of students and staff, together with financial incentives including discounts at cycle stores.

    To my fellow nurses I say Get a Life, Get a Bike or at least discover that "These feet are made for walking...." (to misquote Nancy Sinatra).

    In fraternal solidarity

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