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I thought when hospital parking charges were introduced it would go towards maintaining the hospital but as these are usually sub-contracted and not the case do you think they ought to be free or is it only fair to pay? Whats everyones thoughts?

OneeyedRaven
1 year ago
What do you think of this?
paula10wc
paula10wc1 year ago

I think it should be free to park when visiting a hospital. I recently had to park at my nearest hospital everyday for 3 months and I wouldn't have been able to afford the parking charge everyday as well as the fuel to get there.

I have also had to park several times in an emergency with no time to look for change, go to the parking meter etc, so would probably have received a ticket on these times.

Having said that, they did used to charge and it was always hard to find a parking space, now it is free it is almost impossible to find a parking space as a lot of people are apparently using the car park to leave their cars there all day whilst they car share to work.

After missing an appointment once because of being unable to park there I now have to arrive an hour early for appointments just to try and find a parking space in time.

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nipperjwb
nipperjwb1 year ago

I personally think if the charges arnt going to the hospital or being used to maintain the car parks and surrounding areas then the parking should be free.

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sarahgreen15
sarahgreen151 year ago

I definitely think hospital parking should be free, cheaper or all the money goes to the NHS / hospital. Here in Scotland, our nearest hospital does not charge for parking - I’m not sure whether that is the case across Scotland, but I know where I am from down south, the parking can cost you more than it would in a city centre multi story carpark 🙄

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
Original Poster
1 year ago

its £9 for 4hrs here where I am currently I have needed several months of apts and have friends who work/volunteer for the NHS as we all have to pay it......

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig1 year ago

I live in Edinburgh, we pay for hospital parking. Cost my husband a fortune when I was in for 2 weeks when our son was born! You can always find a space. Whereas at the current sick kids hospital you can never get parked! It is annoying that we have to pay but I just sigh and pay it.

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sarahgreen15
sarahgreen151 year ago

MrsCraig my partners gran was in Edinburgh hospital last year and we didn’t have to pay for parking 🤔 it was the new building, maybe there’s more than one carpark depending on where you are and some charge and some don’t.. that’s really strange though! She was in Dumfries hospital for 3 months and transferred to Edinburgh for another 2 months, if we’d had to pay for parking we would’ve been SKINT!

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig1 year ago

sarahgreen15 strange. I've been in every part of the hospital and in all the different car parks and have always had to pay! Maybe it was introduced after your partners gran was there? But you definitely have to pay now!

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KirsteyJames
KirsteyJames1 year ago

Our local hopsitals removed parking charges a few years ago. I did think that the money went to the hospital though.

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
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1 year ago

thats what I thought but I have found out that is not the case near me

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi1 year ago

The hospital near by has not enough parking place. I think they should not charge fees to park there. No one goes there for enjoyment. Have to go there.

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Johnny
Johnny1 year ago

If hospital car parking charges were abolished, NHS trusts would be forced to find almost £200m of funding from elsewhere either from within already scarce NHS sources or through an increase in the NHS budget

Not all NHS trusts own their own car parks, and need to pass on some costs in order to run and maintain the car parks. The revenue generated is mainly used to maintain these facilities, with any surpluses reinvested in care for patients.

NHS trusts are often located close to town centres, so there's a massive risk that people not actually using health services would use the parking spaces if parking charges were abolished.

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angemski
angemski1 year ago

I take your point, Johnny but our charges are extortionate and the site is a long way from the town centre so convenient parking doesn't come into the mix. What I find really unfair is the fact that some of us have to pay for prescriptions and other areas have had them free. (Wales/Scotland)

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
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1 year ago

totally understand this point but many NHS trusts dont actually see this money as you say theyre not often trust owned theyve probably recoup this figure by decreasing the DNAs alone for people who cant park- that cost approx £170 per missed apt, Then there are savings on ambulances and patient transport calls which sadly get exploited as people dont want to pay parking....just a thought

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Mango4
Mango41 year ago

I live in Wales and parking charges at Hospitals have already been scrapped, which is as it should be everywhere, People visiting these places are doing it usually out of necessity, and the staff working in these hospitals in my view deserve free parking also

There is an issue in certain Hospitals that I know of , thou where people are parking and taking up valuable spaces yet going into town or to work and avoiding paying in car parks closer to the centres, not sure how this can be avoided thou

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
Original Poster
1 year ago

charging staff that are already underpaid and trying to help people in often a thankless job in my opinion is heartbreaking- think staff deserve free permits to display. wondering if patients.visitors can get issued a similar day stay pass issued via ward clerk which would help stop people taking advantage and trying to park for free when shopping etc

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SaverDeals
SaverDeals1 year ago

I absolutely agree with it when it goes towards maintaining the hospital or towards parking facilities but Im so happy with the idea it's going to contractors although I understand many hospital probably can't afford the space without them.

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jmsonl
jmsonl1 year ago

It is a simple on for me. No is the answer. Parking is needed for anyone interacting with the hospital, be that as a customer or visitor. A far too stressful aspect of hospital care that should not be an issue.

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davidstockport
davidstockport1 year ago

If they don't charge it might become impossible for people who genuinely need to park to find a place. It might help if those who because of infirmity need to park were either given very reduced rates or free passes, but far too many who could use public transport fail to do so - denying a place near the hospital to those who really need one..

I know it will be different in different parts of the country but most hospitals in big towns and cities usually have a good public transport service - and limited parking space.

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janetchamberlai
janetchamberlai1 year ago

paying to park your car in a hospital car park is extortion. You don’t pay to park your car in the supermarket car park so why would you be expected to pay in a hospital car park?

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
Original Poster
1 year ago

could not of summed up what is wrong with the economy more succinctly if I tried, the NHS is still a service we pay for indirectly after all - and I am very grateful for it but the parking is criminal

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ACR
ACR1 year ago

It's not just patients and visitors that are being ripped off. Three in ten hospitals also charge staff to park - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/09/hospital-staff-paying-80-week-car-parking-charges/ It should be free, but hospitals are not getting enough funding, so are having to resort to things like this ⛔

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Pjran
Pjran1 year ago

I wish hospital parking could be free. No one wants to spend hours waiting to be seen. I overheard at the hospital last Wednesday, the person was quite loud, that their last appointment was 9.30am but they didn’t leave until 6.45pm !

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