Hospital staff face bigger increase in parking charges than visitors

The Northern Echo: James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

HEALTH workers at one of the region’s biggest hospitals are facing a 36 per cent increase in the cost of parking, officials have revealed.

Earlier this week officials at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust announced that car parking charges for patients and visitors at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough would increase by between 15 and 17 per cent from May 1.

Part of the proceeds will go towards the development of two new car parks on the site and the building of a link road.

A member of staff pointed out that staff who pay to park at the Middlesbrough hospital were facing a 36 per cent increase in the cost of their annual parking permit, more than twice the increase facing patients and visitors.

Jake Turnbull, regional spokesman for the Royal College of Nursing, complained that the hike in the cost of parking permits for hospital staff would be “a significant extra cost to bear” at a time when nurses have already had to put up with three years of pay restraint.

He predicted that the increased charges “will be difficult for some patients, visitors and staff to afford.”

A spokeswoman for the South Tees Trust confirmed that new staff tariffs for anyone working more than 20 hours a week would go up from £202 a year to £276 on May 1.

Staff who worked up to 20 hours a week would be charged £138 a year rather than the current £101.

Car parking costs at The Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton, which is also run by the South Tees Trust, will also rise in line with the increases at James Cook University Hospital.

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7:44am Thu 27 Mar 14

johnmuk76 says...

Yes we will give you a job to do a service that is essential to the running of our hospital oh and you will pay through the teeth in order you can come to work every day in order to do this essential service. Oh and further more you will work ungodly hours and have no social life, your family will come second to your service to us and we will also pay you far less than your service is worth. (didn't they used to call this slavery?)
Yes we will give you a job to do a service that is essential to the running of our hospital oh and you will pay through the teeth in order you can come to work every day in order to do this essential service. Oh and further more you will work ungodly hours and have no social life, your family will come second to your service to us and we will also pay you far less than your service is worth. (didn't they used to call this slavery?) johnmuk76
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12:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

bambara says...

So nurses have to pay for their own study which they have to do or they lose their registration, they have to pay to register every year in order to be allowed to work, and the parking charges to park at work are being hiked up as well.

Any wonder that so many of them are reaching the point where they are simply leaving?
So nurses have to pay for their own study which they have to do or they lose their registration, they have to pay to register every year in order to be allowed to work, and the parking charges to park at work are being hiked up as well. Any wonder that so many of them are reaching the point where they are simply leaving? bambara
  • Score: 5

4:09pm Thu 27 Mar 14

behonest says...

Perhaps the hospital management feels that if the government treats NHS staff so badly, then why can't they as well?
Perhaps the hospital management feels that if the government treats NHS staff so badly, then why can't they as well? behonest
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