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Car Parking Charges To Be Reviewed

March 09, 2007 10:32 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is to review its car park charging policy to ensure that the tariff is fair and reasonable. 
The comprehensive review will look afresh at proposed charges for staff and the public.
It will re-examine the maximum daily charges to be applied and take into account recent changes in charges at other hospitals across Scotland. It will also re-consider the penalty fines for drivers who do not pay the proper charge. 
The needs of long-term regular patients, including cancer sufferers and people attending for dialysis, will also be addressed.
Tom Divers, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Charges are being imposed to deter ‘park and riders’ and others from abusing hospital car parks. 
“What we must accept is that charging is the only way to pay for desperately needed management arrangements at busy city hospital car parks without moving money away from direct patient care.
“Our view is that it is better for the vast majority of patients and visitors to pay between £1 and £2 and have a very good chance of finding a space as opposed to enjoying free parking but with virtually no chance of finding a space when it is needed.
“The scheme, which was agreed after lengthy public consultation, will deliver vastly improved disabled access and safer parking areas. Despite this, we always knew that there would be a degree of opposition to these charges. 
“Valid questions have been asked and it seems sensible to look again at some of the specific details of our charging policy to make sure we have got it right.”
The introduction of car parking charges for staff and visitors at the Western Infirmary, the Gartnavel site, the Yorkhill site, the Victoria Infirmary and Health Board headquarters will now be delayed until the review is complete in the early summer. 
In the meantime, alternative transport schemes will be rolled out - including improved bicycle routes, staff car pooling and discount travel cards - to give health workers and others better choice in how they travel to and from hospital. 
Work will also continue to introduce additional safety features in the five sites including better lighting and more security. 

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