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Hospital Staff Parking Charges Soar
11:43am 15th August 2014
(Updated 11:43am 15th August 2014)
The people that look after Cornwall's most poorly will have to pay around five times more to park at work.
Pirate FM has learnt permits for staff at Treliske who work more than 22.5 hours a week are going up to £330 a year.
Consultants and Trust Board members working over 22.5 hours per week will be charged £500 for an annual permit.
Park and Ride subsidies are being scrapped too, which means an annual ticket will cost £240.
Unions are calling it a massive blow for morale.
One worker, who wanted remain anonymous, told Pirate FM staff at furious: "It's going to take it a lot, lot lower than it is and I didn't think we could get much lower.
"Flabbergasted I think comes to mind but I'm not surprised, bearing in mind the decisions the trust seems to make on a whim with no consultation and no having your say; it's - this is what's going to happen.
"They will start losing staff over this decision.
"There's not a very good bus or train infrastructure within Cornwall because of the rural locations. People travelling from Land's End, the Lizard or maybe up near Bude - what impact is that going to have on them."
Stuart Roden is from Unison, he said: "They've had a pay freeze over the last couple of years, a number of lower paid people are being transferred out to a private contractor, and this is just one thing on top of another and it's making it unbearable for staff to carry on and cope.
"They feel it's extremely unfair, for some people it's about a one thousand percent increase on what they are currently paying, it's going to equate to over two percent of their weekly salary in car parking charges and they just think it's completely outrageous."
11:43am 15th August 2014
In a letter to staff, Chief Exec of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals' Trust, Lezli Boswell, said: "This was an extremely difficult decision to take but you will be aware of the significant financial challenges facing the Trust and we simply can no longer justify spending £40,000 per year (rising to £70,000) to support staff car parking when we need to prioritise clinical services.
"This is unfortunately the type of difficult decision that we need to make if we are to prioritise the money we have for patient services. It was not a decision that we took lightly and we recognise that the impact of the increases will be difficult. To that end, we have made sure that our staff car parking charges remain below those of other NHS Trusts in the region, including Plymouth, Exeter and Taunton."
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