PArk­ing eArns hos­pi­tAl £1.8m

Pa­tients pay in Peter­bor­ough but not Stam­ford

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

The trust which runs Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal made £1.8 mil­lion from car park­ing charges in 2015/16. Pa­tients and vis­i­tors paid £1.3 mil­lion and staff £509,000 dur­ing the year.

Theover­all­fig­ure, re­vealed by the Press As­so­ci­a­tion, is £8,000 more than in 2014/15.

In con­trast, Stam­ford Hos­pi­tal does not charge for park­ing.

Ian Crich, trust di­rec­tor of work­force and or­gan­i­sa­tional de­vel­op­ment, said: “We re­view our car park­ing charges an­nu­ally and bench­mark our charges against those at other hos­pi­tals in the re­gion.

“We have to en­sure the charge cov­ers the cost of pro­vid­ing the­fa­cil­ity for 2,006car park­ing spa­ces on the Peter­bor­oughCi­tyHospi­tal­site­and does­not­come­out­of­moneyal­lo­cated for health­care.

“This in­cludes 96 dis­abled spa­ces which are free to use for blue badge hold­ers.

“The trust also pro­vides free car park­ing for vis­i­tors to the Be­reave­ment Cen­tre and pa­tients with a long-term ill­ness or a se­ri­ous con­di­tion that needs reg­u­lar treat­ment such as chemo­ther­apy, ra­dio­ther­apy and haemodial­y­sis.

“Con­ces­sion­ary park­ing (re­duce­drate) is also of­fered to pa­tients whoseap­point­ment­time ex­ceeds two-and-a-half hours due to a long wait in clinic, a par­ent of a child in the Neona­tal In­ten­sive Care Unit, Chil­dren’s Ama­zonWar­dora­birth- in­g­part­ner, the­main­vis­i­tor­toa crit­i­cally ill or ter­mi­nally ill pa­tient on a daily ba­sis and relatives vis­it­ing apatient on­adaily ba­sis for a pro­longed pe­riod of time (ex­ceed­ing seven days).”

The Press As­so­ci­a­tion’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that more than half of hos­pi­tal trusts which re­sponded to its Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest are mak­ing more than £1 mil­lion in car park fees ev­ery year, with some also hand­ing money to pri­vate firms.

The Heart of Eng­land NHS Foun­da­tion Trust made the most from car park­ing at £4.8 mil­lion.

Kather­ine Mur­phy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Pa­tients As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “The shock­ing re­al­ity about car park­ing charges is thatthe­yare­tak­ing­moneyfrom the sick and vul­ner­a­ble to top up NHS cof­fers.”

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