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Queen’s reveals plan to charge disabled to park

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

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DISABLED drivers are to be charged to park at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

Bosses will make blue badge holders pay the standard tariff from April 1 as they strive to ensure their parking regime does not drain resources from patient care.

Tony Waite, director of finance at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen’s, said: “The trust has to balance the needs of patients, visitors and staff and this decision will be discussed in detail with disabled users to ensure it is transparent and as fair as possible to everyone.

“We endeavour to keep parking fees as low as possible for patients, visitors and staff.

“However, we need to ensure the creation and maintenance of parking spaces does not impact on the finances allocated for direct patient care for our hospitals, which treat more than 400,000 patients a year.”

Under the new charging framework, blue badge holders will pay 80p for up to 30 minutes, £2 for 30 minutes to an hour, £2.50 for one to two hours, and £3 for two to three hours.

Longer stayers will be required to pay £3.50 for three to five hours, £4 for five to seven hours, and £6 for seven to 24 hours.

In a statement, the trust said concessions would remain for patients with long-term conditions who needed to attend Queen’s frequently over a long period for treatment such as dialysis and chemotherapy.

Meanwhile, discounted rates would be available for those wishing to pay weekly or monthly, with charges starting from £8 a week.

Justifying the move, the trust said more than 25 trusts in the country charged blue badge holders to park and said more were expected to follow suit.

It said the decision to revise parking fees at Queen’s was also consistent with recommendations and guidance outlined by the NHS Confederation, the membership body for services which commission and provide NHS services.

The trust said it had plans to improve parking facilities for disabled drivers visiting Queen’s.

“The existing disabled car park will be moved to a more accessible site closer to the main entrance, providing a level parking area for people with mobility problems,” it said.

The parking moves comes as bosses attempt to cut millions from their budget to help the NHS save billions.

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  • Roger10  |  February 28 2013, 6:08PM

    So how come the charges are far more than the carparks in town, are they paving the hospital carpark with gold?

  • tezzababe  |  February 28 2013, 2:14AM

    It's all very well charging people to park at the hospital, which in my mind should be free for those with appointments or long term illness, but if you INSIST on doing so, whether disabled or otherwise, make sure that when appointments are made they are kept to and the timings are as made. Not having, say, an appointment for 9.30am and then not being seen until some ridiculous time like 11.30am, if you are lucky. What a travesty and a rip off!!

  • Burhan  |  February 27 2013, 9:24AM

    I completely agree with Terry. Parking should be free at hospital . Not more expensive than the town parking. However, i do agree that disabled should also pay the parking as other commuters. They get advantage of convenient parking due to thweir mobility, fair point but whats the problem for a millionaire disabled person to pay few pennies in parking.

  • Burhan  |  February 27 2013, 9:22AM

    80p for up to 30 minutes, £2 for 30 minutes to an hour, £2.50 for one to two hours - most people park wintin 30mins to one hour and look at the parking cost for this time slot. Rip off

  • JamesBurton  |  February 27 2013, 9:04AM

    This is just another ploy to bring in money whilst pilfering it away at the higher end of the management spectrum on salaries that are unsustainable, unimaginably high and undeserved. All this will do is cause the blue badge holders to park on the streets around the hospital including those where there are double yellow lines and produce their badges which will enable them to legally be there. This will in turn block traffic on an already unsuitable Belvedere Road and cause delays especially for Ambulances having to navigate. Those who deservedly have the blue badges generally struggle to move, do they really think that they'll be able to do any amount of hospital related business, appointments, blood tests etc in 30 minutes? Not a chance, so it's £2 per head per every period parked, minimum. Milking an udder that hasn't got enough milk inside to feed it's kids.

  • thevoiceofreason2013  |  February 27 2013, 8:57AM

    not all disabled people are poor.i think its more important that they have parking near to the facilities.

  • Terry  |  February 26 2013, 11:30PM

    There should be no charges for anyone at a hospital, this is a tax on the sick. £2 for 1 hour? That is more than the town parking charges that are killing the High st. I suppose they have to find funding for their executives exorbitant salary bill, so they can spend more on consultants to explain to them how to do their jobs.