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Lincolnshire NHS bosses want hospital staff to pay £1 a day to park at work

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2011

  • Lincoln County Hospital

  • Boston's Pilgrim Hospital

  • Grantham Hospital

  • Louth Hospital

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Hospital staff will be forced to pay to park at work because NHS bosses want to save cash.

All staff, including doctors and nurses, could be charged up to £20 a month to park at sites in Lincoln, Louth, Boston and Grantham.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust hopes the charges will cover the £600,000-a-year cost of running the car parks. It says the money will be reinvested in patient care.

But staff say that in tough times, it is like having their pay cut.

One worker who asked not be named, said: "Everyone is already struggling enough with the level of pay they are on.

"This charge essentially means that any minor pay rise we might get is immediately take away by parking charges. It's like getting a pay cut in a back-handed way."

Another added: "I cannot believe that ULHT can stoop so low as to charge their staff to park on site. I believe that this charge is absolutely disgusting."

It is estimated the charges will see the trust earn between £751,000 and £755,000 a year, covering the £600,000 it currently uses from its patient care budget to pay for parking – including £300,000 in business rates, charges for CCTV, lighting, barriers and security staff.

The additional income will go towards other travel schemes.

But the trust will spend £1.3 million from its capital funds – money ring-fenced for one-off projects – on setting up the new parking system.

Mike Speakman, director of facilities at ULHT, said: "It costs us about £600,000 across all four sites to run car parks for staff.

"We cannot justify this cost or allow it to continue when that money is needed for patient care.

"We have to introduce charges and it's only fair that those who use cars will pay proportionately for parking."

"We are the only acute trust in England which currently does not charge staff for parking."

Staff have been asked to choose between three price plans, with the amount they pay determined by their salary.

The choices are a day rate ranging from 50p to £1 a day; a monthly rate which would range from £5 to £20; or a flat rate based on the number of hours you work with charges between £3.50 and £15 a month.

"It's important that staff realise this is not about us making money; all money recovered will go towards maintenance of car parking services, with any surplus being put into travel services for other staff.

"We are looking at options including introducing a park and ride somewhere off site, improving bike riding facilities and talking with bus companies to see if timetables can be more attractive and the possibility of a travel card for NHS staff."

The charges are expected to be introduced by February or March next year and prices will be fixed for three years.

The staff consultation ended last week and a decision on which options are to be put forward will be made in the new year.

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  • reporter2010  |  December 20 2011, 7:15AM

    and how are they a "lazy bunch"?? would you care to expand your comment?

  • ZH875  |  December 16 2011, 9:24PM

    Why make the staff pay, if they want to raise more money for running the car parks, just make the patients wait a bit longer for their appointments so that they will be paying for a full hour to cover 10 minutes parking, then they can have another car in the bay that has already been paid for and get paid twice for the same bay.

  • Steve_Lincoln  |  December 14 2011, 9:51PM

    As I said nickythenark, anyone can cook food safely and keep a kitchen clean, you don't need any qualifications for that and millions of people a day do cook safely to prove my point, and that's a fact. The Health and Hygiene Certificate of which you speak, is so simple to acquire that all shop assistants that handle fresh foods also have to hold one.

  • jamara  |  December 14 2011, 4:41PM

    Most of the "Staff Parking" area is on waste ground full of pot holes and badly, if at all lit. Until a proper concrete car park is provided, without the pot holes and mud, i do not think it is acceptable to charge staff to park.

  • Mr_Sneer  |  December 14 2011, 3:17PM

    "what makes them special is that 24/7 they are there for you when you get ill, or fall off your ladder, or get drunk and fall over, maybe its not a reason for not paying for parking, but that is what makes them special" That's their job. Doing your job does not make you special. Conscientious? Maybe. Hard-working? In some cases, yes. Special? Nope.

  • lincoln6  |  December 14 2011, 2:37PM

    Lazy Bunch up at the county,should charge them a fiver a day to park,

  • phuzz  |  December 14 2011, 1:07PM

    @nickythenark - apart from the fact you're not a nice person all your posts are flawed, sending links to other sites does not prove anything - and stories about how the hospital messed up etc - please, do you think we are stupid? - records are kept for the purpose of alleged misconduct - its people like you that unfortunatly others listen to because you sound like you know what you're talking about. Your recent comment 'like i said they are not angels just ordinary workers like you and me and if the hospital patients have to pay to park why shouldn't the hospital staff.what makes them so special ?' - are you really so stupid? what makes them special is that 24/7 they are there for you when you get ill, or fall off your ladder, or get drunk and fall over, maybe its not a reason for not paying for parking, but that is what makes them special

  • phuzz  |  December 14 2011, 1:02PM

    you people are so sad, you just come onto these pages to gloat over other peoples misfortune, I wonder how many of you have had the need to be in the hospital, or your friends or relatives, have you had to go to A&E and seen the abuse the staff get from the weekend drunks. You probably have but you conveniently forget that when you post your holier than thou 'of course they should pay' with their 'huge pensions' and over inflated pay packets. comments ill thought out like "About time too, but not nearly enough. The staff are still getting it at a much cheaper rate than patients or visitors" - patients or visitors want to be there as little time as possible, staff are there every day - dear god do we have to go through all the comments pointing out the obvious flaws in your opinions, grow up, admit you use the service and that the staff do a excellent job and maybe don't be so quick to gloat

  • eatmygoal  |  December 14 2011, 9:45AM

    NickyTheNark, catering is of course directly comparable with nursing. All those emotional issues of holding a 5 year old child as they die after months of giving them care is just the same as when you burn a burger... Enjoy http://tinyurl.com/cfwm7yn

  • nickythenark  |  December 14 2011, 9:16AM

    @.steve_lincoln "To be honest nickythenark anyone can cook food safely and keep a kitchen clean, you don't need any qualifications for that and millions of people a day do cook safely to prove my point. Come back when you know what your talking about,of course you need qualifications to cook food if your a chef in a hotel or restaurant even a cafe owner as to have at least a basic food hygene certificate before they can cook food and serve it to the public legally. Try telling these top chefs that cookings not a skilled job,i bet they'll tell you where to get off. nursing is like any other job stressful whilst your training,a doddle once you know how to do it.it doesn't take much skill to take a persons temperature take there pulse take there blood pressure fit a canula put up a drip or give injections.once you've learned it becomes routine. like i said they are not angels just ordinary workers like you and me and if the hospital patients have to pay to park why shouldn't the hospital staff.what makes them so special ?

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