A review group, set up by the Scottish Government in September, has concluded that charges should only be introduced when other measures to manage car parking pressures have been unsuccessful, with a maximum charge set. It added that NHS boards should ideally provide car parking free of charge.
In response to the review, Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘I have decided to act now to introduce a cap of £3 a day. The presumption is that car parking should be provided free – as indeed it already is at the vast majority of Scottish hospitals.’
The cap does not apply to the car parks at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, which are run privately, although this may change following more research by the review group.