Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Hospital Parking Consultation

I received this information about an NHS consultation on hospital parking. I know that many local residents have strong views on the cost of parking at St Helier Hospital. I would therefore urge you to follow the link to feed in your views.

Have your say on hospital parking

The Department of Health with the NHS has launched a consultation on NHS car parking and improving access for people using NHS services.

This is an important issue that can affect all public, patients and staff. While the vast majority of people who use the NHS are happy with the clinical service they receive, many are unhappy about the principle of being charged to park when using services.

The Health Secretary would like to see car parking charges for inpatients phased out over the next three years, as savings from back-office costs allow.  A full range of views from public, patient and staff will help develop a more consistent approach to NHS car parking.

 Some of the issues to consider include:

 What would be a fair charging system? Should longer-stay patients or those who have to visit the hospital a lot have a discount?

  • Many hospitals rely on the income generated through their car parks.
  • What about the impact on the environment?
  • Some hospitals in busy urban areas are concerned that a free service would be open to abuse by commuters. 

The consultation runs until 23rd February 2010. Find out more and take part in the consultation at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2NX7Q75


February 8, 2010 - Posted by | Information

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