Hospital bosses more than DOUBLE parking charges

Private parking companies are being allowed to hold both the public and medical workers to ransom – and the increase announced in Yorkshire underlines the fact.

People who work and use hospitals have nowhere else to go, and these operators know it. So raising charges by 136 per cent is an unconscionable betrayal of trust.

Hard-up hospital staff have slammed bosses over plans to more than double parking charges.

The monthly cost could rocket from £15.50 to £36.66 – a rise of 136 per cent.

The new fees are due to be phased in over the next six months at Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals in Yorkshire.

Hospitals in England made nearly £70million from charging staff to park at work last year.

But only £30million went to the NHS with much of the windfall going to private parking firms.

Unison head of health Sara Gorton said: “Staff and visitors are being taken for a ride. Trusts should think twice about fleecing those who have no option but to use their cars.”

A parking charter launched by Unison calls on trusts to scrap the charges in two years and give free parking to night shift staff immediately.

In a move backed by the Sunday Mirror, Labour pledged to ban the fees – already axed in Wales and Scotland.

Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals, whose car parks are run by private firm Total Parking Solutions, is part of York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust made nearly £2million in charges, permits and fines two years ago. Now, after a staff backlash, chiefs say new hikes are “under discussion”. One worker said: “There has been such huge resistance it has been put on hold until further notice.”

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