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Hospital parking should be free for everyone

7 May, 2019

Society past president Steve Herring spoke to motion 42 at this year's Annual Delegates Conference on behalf of UK Council, encouraging delegates to support free hospital car parking throughout the UK.

With costs ranging from £250 a year to a ‘scandalous’ £40 a week in London, Steve urged trusts and boards to stop ‘hiding behind government green policies’ and put right the ‘huge costs’ staff and patients are forced to pay.

Steve acknowledged the anger of Scottish staff about PFI hospitals where charges are still made, the disappointment of Welsh staff who have limited time frames for free parking, which often don’t cover a full shift, and despair in England with no free parking at all. 

He also criticised private companies profiting from fees, saying, “In the past, parking charges went to the trust to support the hospital and patient care. Nowadays, the parking is run by private companies who are just out for profit.”

The motion was carried.

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