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Could There Be A Hospital Parking Charges U-turn?

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
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3:09pm 26th August 2014

There could there be a U-turn on parking permit rises at Cornwall's biggest hospital.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to see free or cheap prices for NHS staff unable to use public transport.

That is along with discounts for patients and visitors.

There has been outrage at Treliske, amid plans to charge up to £300 a year for a permit.

That is a hike of almost a thousand percent for some workers.

A hospital spokesperson said: "Our car parking policy does take account of many of the recommendation is in the recently published guidance for NHS hospitals.  Reduced rate parking is available for patients and visitors who need to frequently visit our hospitals.  Some patient groups, such as those having certain cancer treatments or renal dialysis, are also able to access a limited number of free parking spaces.  Additionally, patients in receipt of specified benefits are able to reclaim the cost of parking as part of the NHS Travel Costs Scheme.
 
"Our charges for staff parking have been set in line with other acute hospitals in the south west and priority for on-site parking is given to those who work shifts and for whom public transport is not an option."

MP Robert Halfon has been campaigning for the government changes, he said: "Possible car parking charges have become a stealth tax on the poor and the vulnerable, and they haven't been transparent, no one understands for example why nurses are having to pay around an extra two hundred pounds to park their car in order to go to work.

"What the government are saying is there should be proper concessions, there should be proper transparency, that the public should know what the charges are well in advance before they go the hospital, and that for doctors and nurses if the public transport is limited they should get free hospital car parking."

3:09pm 26th August 2014

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