‘Bet­ter man­age­ment’ called for to ad­dress Ninewells car park­ing

NHS calls meet­ing specif­i­cally to ad­dress prob­lem

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A Dundee coun­cil­lor has said he hopes car park­ing at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal can be bet­ter man­aged if the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­fuses to buy out the health board’s con­tract with In­digo Park­ing.

NHS Tay­side agreed a 30-year deal with the pri­vate com­pany to man­age park­ing at the hos­pi­tal.

The agree­ment still has around 11 years to run, which means Ninewells is one of just three hos­pi­tals in Scot­land to still charge pa­tients and vis­i­tors for park­ing.

There have been nu­mer­ous com­plaints about costs and In­digo’s over-zeal­ous ap­proach to is­su­ing penal­ties, in­clud­ing to hos­pi­tal staff who may have been forced to work late be­cause of med­i­cal emer­gen­cies.

Res­i­dents in ar­eas next to the hos­pi­tal have also com­plained about the num­ber of staff and vis­i­tors who park in their streets in or­der to avoid the charges.

Car park­ing at Ninewells was sup­posed to be on the agenda for yes­ter­day’s joint ses­sions be­tween NHS Tay­side bosses and MPs and MSPs.

How­ever, the health board has now agreed to hold a sum­mit specif­i­cally to look at the is­sue.

As well as lo­cal MPs and MSPs, coun­cil­lors for the Lochee and West End wards which sur­round the hos­pi­tal will be in­vited to at­tend.

West End Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpher­son said: “The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has made it quite clear they are not pre­pared to buy out the con­tract.

“I think there is some­thing like 11 years left so I would just like to see the car park­ing bet­ter man­aged.

“It’s not just about cost, it’s about over­spill into the res­i­den­tial streets sur­round­ing the hos­pi­tal.”

Mr Macpher­son said an­other is­sue which must be ad­dressed is lack of park­ing spa­ces at the hos­pi­tal.

He said de­mand had in­creased as more health board ser­vices have been cen­tralised to Ninewells.

“I’ve had com­plaints from peo­ple wait­ing for 20 to 30 min­utes to get into the over­spill car park,” he said.

“They have run out of space be­cause they have cen­tralised so many ser­vices.”

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment abol­ished car park­ing fees at most Scot­tish hos­pi­tals in 2008, 10 years af­ter NHS Tay­side’s deal with In­digo was agreed.

Health sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son has said the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s “hands are tied” re­gard­ing the con­tract.

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment abol­ished car park­ing fees at most Scot­tish hos­pi­tals in 2008, 10 years af­ter NHS Tay­side’s deal with In­digo was agreed.

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