Politicians back campaign to scrap hospital car park charges

Politicians back campaign to scrap hospital car park charges

Politicians back campaign to scrap hospital car park charges

First published in News

A LOCAL MP has spoken out against “unfair” hospital car parking charges.

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon & East Thurrock is backing a national campaign calling for an end to what has become a “stealth tax on the poor and vulnerable”.

The national average for one day car park fees is a little more than £7.

Mr Metcalfe believes what the money raised through these charges is spent on is unclear.

He said: “One hospital in Bristol charges £12 for 4 hours and another in Crawley demands £25 a day.

“The charges are also not transparent. No-one knows what the money is spent on, or why hospitals increase the charges year after year.”

Mr Metcalfe was also critical about the impacts that these charges have on both older people and cancer patients.

He said: “Macmillan has found that 10 per cent of hospitals offer cancer patients no discount and continue to charge them the full rate of parking.

“This is despite the fact that for many people with cancer it is essential they use a car, as immunity problems make using public transport dangerous.

“Statistics show that some nurses are being charged almost £200 per month to park their car, but I am pleased to report that is NOT the case in Basildon.”

Parking at Basildon Hospital is free for the first 30 minutes, £3 for up to three hours, £6 for eight to 12 hours and £10 for more than 12 hours.

Thurrock MEP, Tim Aker, has also thrown his support behind the national campaign led by the Daily Express.

He said: "This campaign is welcome and long-overdue. Hospital parking charges rip-off the sick and their families, as well as hard-working NHS staff.

"Basildon University Hospital can cost visitors £10 per day, a scandalous amount for those people who are already finding it hard to make ends meet.

"If we clamp down on health tourism from people who haven't paid into the pot, we could easily finance free NHS car parks.

"Hospital parking charges must be brought down significantly across the country, if not scrapped entirely. NHS car parks should not be cash cows to milk people with."

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11:27am Mon 18 Aug 14

Make Thurrock Better says...

There is no reason to charge people for parking at many hospitals including Basildon. The hospital is well away from any shops etc so parking is unlikely to be abused there by people not using the hospital. All of this stupidity needs to be got rid of. There's no need for any big contributions on here or 101 comments on it. Just SCRAP IT NOW and show some bloody humanity.
There is no reason to charge people for parking at many hospitals including Basildon. The hospital is well away from any shops etc so parking is unlikely to be abused there by people not using the hospital. All of this stupidity needs to be got rid of. There's no need for any big contributions on here or 101 comments on it. Just SCRAP IT NOW and show some bloody humanity. Make Thurrock Better
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2:33pm Mon 18 Aug 14

ossybsting says...

this is britain pay up or else .................unl
ess you are disabled or sumat else you cant mention
this is britain pay up or else .................unl ess you are disabled or sumat else you cant mention ossybsting
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5:01pm Mon 18 Aug 14

England Bloke says...

If England had her own Parliament, we would not be ripped off like this, Westminster is a 'British Parliament', it and the crown are under NO obligation to put England first except as a cash cow for Scotland, N Ireland and Wales. Suckers!!!
If England had her own Parliament, we would not be ripped off like this, Westminster is a 'British Parliament', it and the crown are under NO obligation to put England first except as a cash cow for Scotland, N Ireland and Wales. Suckers!!! England Bloke
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