NHS parking charges: Hospitals made £174m in a year
A tax on sickness as the companies running the car parking "facilities" at our hospitals make £174 million in 12 months.They state that the profits are "ploughed back" into car park improvements and maintenance or into "patient care".However, there is little evidence to support this claim as the standards of car parking facilities and availability in our hospitals continues to decline as parking charges increase.
This is just another racket to extort money from those who have no option but to pay. Hospital workers, patients, visitors, carers, long term out patients having cardiac, chemotherapy or other such treatments on a daily basis, all are victims to the greed and intimidation of the companies where the pursuit of increasing profits is the sole motivation.
This is an outrage of national proportions affecting all hospitals around the country. It is a scandal which cannot be tolerated and must be stopped at the earliest opportunity. On more than one occasion, Conservative MP's have resorted to filibuster to prevent legislation being passed to end the practice of charges being applied at car parks in our hospitals. It is totally unacceptable that profits should be made by companies benefiting from a tax on sickness. It is high time that this scandal was ended