All English hospital trusts charge staff and patients for car parking. Around half of them charge disabled people for parking in disabled spaces. Only three Private Finance Initiative hospital car parks in Scotland at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee charge.
A study reported in the Guardian today said:
‘Overall, the study found that NHS trusts netted £120,662,650 in 2015/16 in car park charges, up from £114,873,867 the year before. About 27 trusts provided data on parking fines, showing they made just over £2.3m in fines over a four-year period. In 2015/16 alone, £635,387 was made from fining patients, visitors and staff on hospital grounds. The investigation also found that almost half of all NHS trusts charge disabled people for parking in some or all of their disabled spaces.
They’re getting better at it. You can see how much each of trusts made here:
As for Scotland, the BBC website reported:
‘Patients and NHS staff have saved some £13m since hospital car parking charges were abolished more than four years ago, the Scottish Government says. Parking has been free for patients, visitors and staff at most Scottish hospitals since 31 December 2008. But charges remain at car parks built under the private finance initiative (PFI) at three hospitals in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.’
I suppose, to be fair, the English trusts probably need the money to fund their efforts to catch up on NHS Scotland’s better performance in treatment and care of patients and to reward junior doctors with a better contract like the Scottish one. See:
They haven’t? Where could the money be going? Not in senior staff bonuses surely?
I just googled ‘NHS chief bonuses.’ Those are only the first two of many. Another wee sign that we are different?