Category Archives: car parking

NHS hospitals continue to screw patients, relatives and staff though increased parking charges

Hospitals in England are making hundreds of millions of pounds from car parking charges, with more than 40% of NHS trusts increasing the cost of a stay in the past year.

(This blog has campaigned long and hard against these iniquitous charges, but they continue to increase to the detriment of patiens, visitors and even staff.)

An investigation using freedom of information requests found some trusts have doubled the price of car parking for patients and visitors.

Analysis of data published by NHS Digital in October shows trusts made more than £226m in 2017-18 from parking, including penalty fines.

A total of 124 NHS trusts in England responded to the Press Association requests on parking charges, with 53 (43%) reporting an increase in prices in the past year for visitors or staff, or both. The remaining 71 (57%) said they had not put up their prices.

112 NHS Trusts are STILL hiking hospital car park fees despite Health Secretary’s pledge to clamp down on the rip-off charges

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last year vowed crackdown on charges for visitors and patients, but 63 per cent have since raised their fees with one hiking prices by 960 per cent.

Hospital Car Parking chages

Last night campaigners and MPs called for legislation to curb or even wipe out the charges.
Wye Valley NHS Trust (pictured, Hereford County Hospital which is part of the Trust) was one of the worst offenders after raising its average hourly rate from 33p to £3.50

One of the worst offenders was Wye Valley NHS Trust, which raised its average hourly rate from 33p to £3.50 – a 960 per cent increase. Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in London also angered patients, doubling its average hourly charge from £1.50 to £3.

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Car Parking Charge increases

Some in northern counties envy the Scottish benefits – but would they last?

Men from the Ministry/Scots Referendum
As we near the fateful day, it perhaps isn’t surprising that there are people south of the border who are envious of the benefits which people in Scotland enjoy free:

  • Prescription charges
  • Elderly Care
  • University Tuition Fees
  • Bus Passes from age 60
  • Bedroom Tax
  • Hospital parking charges
  • Bridge Toll Fees

Listening to some of the televised debates one could take an implication that an independent Scotland would be able to make more things free. In reality we think it might be wise to keep hold of this list, and see how many remain after a few years of independence, and the facing of reality alone. I’d put a better chance on them remaining if Scotland decides to remain part of the Union.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to reform hospital parking rules

Relatives of chronically ill patients must be given free or cheap hospital parking under new rules announced by the Government.

Patients with disabilities and those with frequent appointments as well as staff working shifts will also benefit from the shake-up, according to Jeremy Hunt.
Hospital Car Parking chages
The Health Secretary said new guidelines for English hospitals had been drawn up to put an end to the stress of “unfair” charges.

Trusts should waive fines when an overstay is beyond the control of the driver, such as treatment taking longer than planned, under the reforms.

Mr Hunt last month admitted he had concerns about the fees being charged to park at some hospitals after being pressed by Conservative backbenchers to put an end to the “rip-off” costs.

The guidance sets out for the first time that hospital trusts are responsible for the actions of any privately contracted firms they use to run their car parking operations.

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Tory plan to give shoppers 15 minutes free parking on double yellow lines

A Cabinet minister’s proposal to allow shoppers to park for 15 minutes on double yellow lines has been dismissed by a Coalition junior minister as ‘dangerous and unworkable’.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, a Tory, suggested the scheme as a way to help ailing retailers.

But transport minister Norman Baker, whose Liberal Democrat colleagues actually want to increase parking charges, claimed the plan would increase congestion and drive people away.
Free for all: Motorists would not be hit with fines if they leave their car on double yellow lines for up to quarter of an hour

Free for all: Motorists would not be hit with fines if they leave their car on double yellow lines for up to quarter of an hour

He said: ‘The idea of actually having cars parked for a very long period of time on a double yellow line undermines the purposes of the yellow line and I’m advised it’s unworkable. They are there for a reason, often for safety reasons.’

He added: ‘I’m not in favour of motorists who park illegally, blocking parking spaces for those who want to use them properly.’

But sources close to Mr Pickles argue that parking fines are doled out too eagerly, and are partly responsible for killing off the high street.
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