Support for Bill to scrap car parking charges at Ninewells Hospital

13 January 2009

Marlyn Glen is supporting a member's Bill by Labour MSP Paul Martin to scrap all charges in NHS car parks

The bill would apply across the Scottish NHS estate, including hospitals such as Ninewells and Glasgow and Edinburgh Royal Infirmaries, which continue to levy charges.

He said:

"My bill will make it illegal for a health board to levy parking charges on patients, visitors or staff or anyone who has to visit a site for whatever reason.

"If commercial sites like Braehead and the Fort can provide free parking, it is a sad reflection that people who are being cared for in hospital and their families have to pay to park.

"It is an extra hassle that patients and their families do not need at what is already a stressful enough time."

UNISON Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin said:

"We need a comprehensive solution to car parking across the NHS in Scotland.

"UNISON is backing this bill to ensure that the needs of patients, visitors and staff are met, in Glasgow and across Scotland."

Marlyn Glen said,

" The issue is about fairness, rather than about the type of contract.

" Why should patients, visitors and staff at Ninewells Hospital be compelled by the Scottish Government to continue paying charges when within the same health board area these charges have been removed at Perth Royal Infirmary?

" The Bill will remove the present two-tier system of parking at NHS hospitals that discriminates against NHS patients, NHS staff and NHS visitors at Ninewells."


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