NHS hospital staff having to pay £80 a week just to park their cars
Three out of 10 NHS hospitals found to be charging their staff for parking
New figures show that three out of 10 NHS hospitals across the country are charging their staff for parking their cars in the hospital car park and some are charging as much as £80 a week.
According to NHS data, of the 1,175 hospitals in the UK who have parking facilities available, 348 of them expect their members of staff to pay.
At Edgware Community Hospital, doctors and nurses are paying the highest average charge of £2 for an hour’s parking, with staff at the north-west London and Birmingham Children’s Hospital also having to pay the same price – if a member of staff works a 40-hour week, this could add up to £80 per week just in parking charges.
The data has been analysed and revealed by the RAC Foundation, a UK registered motoring research charity.
When it comes to parking charges for patients and visitors, the highest average charge was found at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London at £3.20 per hour.
The analysed data was gathered from NHS Estates Return Information Collection, which also showed that 132 hospitals in the UK now charge for disabled parking.
Investigations in the past have found that NHS hospitals in the UK made a record £175 million in 2016/17 from charging patients, visitors and staff a parking fee, this was a rise of 6% compared to the previous year’s figures.
“Hefty parking charges are disadvantaging nursing staff who work around the clock to keep our NHS afloat,” said Gerry O’Dwyer from the Royal College of Nursing, adding: “Many work through the night to care for patients and using public transport to get home isn’t an option.”
Mr O’Dwyer also said that despite the fact the NHS isn’t getting the funding needed from the Government, it shouldn’t try and make money from their staff members. He believes a reasonable car parking plan and reasonable charges should be introduced.
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