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Rise in hospital car parking fees criticised by union

The QEH in King's Lynn is proposing to put up the cost of parking on site Credit: ITV News Anglia

A rise in car parking charges at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn will wipe out staff's NHS pay rise according to the Unite union.

They say by 2020 some staff will be paying double the current cost.

The hospital says the increases are necessary.

Increases to car parking charges are never going to be popular but these rises have become necessary as a traffic management measure driven by both the current pressure our car park is under and in planning for the anticipated increase in attendances expected over the next three years.

We are increasing the number of spaces where we can, and the Trust needs to both create capacity for parking on site and continue to strongly encourage more patients and visitors to use public transport.

Whilst acknowledging that public transport is not a viable option for many, we are keen to point out that there are more than 100 visits each weekday to the on-site stop by bus services.

– Jon Green, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The hospital says the rise is 'necessary'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

These increases will wipe out the gains in the current NHS pay package which will see most staff get a pay rise of 6.5% over the next three years.

We are calling on the trust board when it next meets on May 29 to urgently reconsider the punitive nature of these parking charges.

NHS staff should not be used as milch cows by trust managements under pressure because of a lack of central funding for the NHS by government.

– Unite officer, Mark Robinson