Welcoming the Labour Party’s pledge to end hospital parking charges for patients, visitors and NHS staff, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“The cost of hospital parking is heaping excessive financial pressure on health employees who’ve gone for years without a decent pay rise.
“Extortionate parking costs are bad enough, but NHS staff are also being hit with huge fines, or having to nip out every hour to feed the meter.
“A parking space at work isn’t a luxury for those who work nights or in rural areas. Scrapping paid for parking is the right thing to do for staff and patients alike.”
Notes to editors:
– A UNISON freedom of information request in April found some hospitals were charging staff almost £100 a month to park.