NHS park fee tre­bles

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Stephen Hayward

A HOS­PI­TAL’S staff car park per­mits are al­most tre­bling in price as a pri­vate firm takes on the con­tract.

The rise, in a deal with out­sourc­ing gi­ant Capita, has en­raged Colch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal work­ers.

The car park is al­ready one of the NHS’S most lu­cra­tive, raising more than £1.1mil­lion last year.

Capita will take over next month. Per­mit prices, based on pay, rise in Jan­uary.

Low­est-paid staff will be charged £5.93 a month, up from £2.07, while those on higher wages will see their £3.19 fee raised to £8.64.

One said: “We are be­ing pe­nalised, yet cars are of­ten the only way to get here.”

The hos­pi­tal said: “All park­ing rev­enue goes into pa­tient care and man­ag­ing car parks.” Capita said: “Clients set the tar­iffs and we man­age their car parks.”

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