Although hospital parking charges are a clear breach of the basic NHS principle, “free at the point of delivery”, whilst we have the present Tory regime, as a pensioner and Blue Badge holder,
I am prepared to pay like everybody else. Although, I feel a season ticket for those who have to make regular and frequent visits would also be appropriate.
However the CEO, Mrs Hosein, who claims to have experience in the NHS, states that “the benefit of additional drop-off spaces outweighed the loss of disabled parking”. She should try struggling up the hill from the main car park in five-yard bursts with rests in between, sometimes in the rain, followed by a further trek to get from the main entrance to the back or west wing facilities.
Instead of concentrating on more revenue to pay the outrageous wages she and her colleagues enjoy, she should give her mind to patient facilities and provide more parking on the same level as the hospital building – particularly at the back where many services are situated. The appearance of many areas is already ruined by people being forced to park on the grass and in every nook and cranny available, so why not clear these: lay some hard-standing: and make them useful as well as tidy?
Edward Wheatley, Hunstanton