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Labour will scrap NHS hospital parking charges

Hospital staff paying £100 a month to park

Jo Carlowe

Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Labour has pledged to scrap hospital parking charges in all NHS hospitals in England.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn dubbed the payment a “tax on serious illness”, and said the estimated £162 million cost would be paid for by an increase in tax on private health insurance premiums. Increasing the tax rate on private health premiums from 12% to 20% would raise an additional £377 million, Labour claims. 

Announcing the plans, Mr Corbyn said parking would be free in hospital car parks because: “Labour created the NHS to be free at the point of use”.

UNISON has welcomed the Labour Party’s pledge. Its 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.”

Last month, a Freedom of Information request by UNISON revealed some hospitals are charging staff, including nurses, nearly £100 a month to park.

Mr Prentis added: “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.”

A Conservatives spokesperson said Labour’s pledge “isn’t worth the paper it’s written on”. And the Lib Dems said Labour had voted with the Tories for a hard Brexit that would mean “less money for the NHS”. 

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