Parking charges raise millions for UK hospitals


Patient and visitor parking fees have raised more than 1 million pounds for each hospital and since 2008 Castle Hill Hospital, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have gained 5.5 million pounds.

In a bid to raise more revenue the hospitals are considering adding more fees for their staff members. The head of sustainability for Hull and East Yorkshire NHS, Marc Beaumont, has said that the money will be used for maintenance, car park security patrols.

For the last five years the levels of income have been fairly steady, although there has been a drop in the issuance of penalty tickets. This has been occasioned by patients who prefer to pay for monthly tickets for repeated visits, better parking by visitors, and better signage.

The Mail, after using a Freedom of Information request, was given figures which showed that the parking charge notices had fallen by more than 50% from 22,150 in 2008-09, to 9,330 in 2012-13.

Funds do not have to be taken from healthcare budgets in order to maintain parking facilities, and the hospitals do not look at making profits from levying these charges. Mr Beaumont also adds that by the end of the year, a pay-on-foot barrier will be placed at the Argyle Street car park, which allows people to pay for their parking on exiting the car park.

This is a great facility since the patient will only pay for the time he or she has taken in the hospital, thus avoiding getting penalty tickets. According to the trust, which has had consultations with Staff Side representatives, including Unite and Unison, the scheme to charge staff members a parking fee is aimed at saving £99m, and the reps have to come up with proposed changes.