300 sign petition over parking fees at Oxfordshire's community hospitals

Unison spokesman Ian McKendrick

Unison spokesman Ian McKendrick

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MORE than 300 people have signed a petition opposing any moves to introduce parking charges at community hospitals.

Unions are circulating a petition over concerns that Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust could introduce parking charges at some of its sites.

Charges were first suggested at hospitals like Headington’s Warneford Hospital last December following concerns about a rise in demand for spaces.

The trust – which has no parking restrictions at its sites – told the Oxford Mail it was consulting staff, but would not give more details about what could be implemented.

A review into parking at the county’s nine community hospitals was sparked after more than 1,000 staff emails raised concerns about a lack of parking spaces.

A total of 629 people work at Abingdon Hospital but it has 114 spaces and 328 staff at Witney Community Hospital share 69 spaces.

Unison spokesman Ian McKendrick said the trust had proposed charges for patients and permits for staff, with fees.

He said there seemed to be widespread opposition to plans to charge staff, patients and visitors to park on hospital sites.

The petition is backed by Unite, the Royal College of Nursing and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

He said: “Staff resent being charged to come to work and charges for patients and visitors.”

He added it “flies in the face” of recent moves by the Department of Health to help patients hit by parking charges at general hospitals such as Oxford’s John Radcliffe.

Over the weekend, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced new guidelines for trusts which do charge for parking, urging free parking for some like visitors for “gravely ill” patients and the use of “pay on exit” systems, where visitors pay before leaving the car park.

The trust said it follows the guidlines put forward by Mr Hunt, which include free or cheap parking for relatives of chronically ill patients.

Trust spokesman Alistair Duncan said: “We have put the needs of patients and essential staff at the core of our plans.”

The trust has 43 car parks including at community hospitals in Abingdon, Bicester, Chipping Norton, Didcot, Henley, Wallingford, Wantage, Witney.

It also runs the Oxford City Community Hospital at the John Radcliffe where parking fees apply as the site is run by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.


 

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7:12am Thu 28 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

This is going to be interesting...

The Conservative government is promoting low-cost or free parking for NHS staff and patients.

The Labour party in Oxford (funded by Unison & Unite) refuses to permit, through the planning process, the provision of a greater number of on-site parking spaces at the JR & Churchill.

Will Unite & Unison jointly condemn the local Labour council's policy to inhibit enhancement of parking provision at Oxford Hospital sites?
This is going to be interesting... The Conservative government is promoting low-cost or free parking for NHS staff and patients. The Labour party in Oxford (funded by Unison & Unite) refuses to permit, through the planning process, the provision of a greater number of on-site parking spaces at the JR & Churchill. Will Unite & Unison jointly condemn the local Labour council's policy to inhibit enhancement of parking provision at Oxford Hospital sites? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 5

7:39am Thu 28 Aug 14

Marco00 says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
This is going to be interesting...

The Conservative government is promoting low-cost or free parking for NHS staff and patients.

The Labour party in Oxford (funded by Unison & Unite) refuses to permit, through the planning process, the provision of a greater number of on-site parking spaces at the JR & Churchill.

Will Unite & Unison jointly condemn the local Labour council's policy to inhibit enhancement of parking provision at Oxford Hospital sites?
Andrew
I totally agree with your comments, but I think pigs will fly before you get the answer to your question...
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: This is going to be interesting... The Conservative government is promoting low-cost or free parking for NHS staff and patients. The Labour party in Oxford (funded by Unison & Unite) refuses to permit, through the planning process, the provision of a greater number of on-site parking spaces at the JR & Churchill. Will Unite & Unison jointly condemn the local Labour council's policy to inhibit enhancement of parking provision at Oxford Hospital sites?[/p][/quote]Andrew I totally agree with your comments, but I think pigs will fly before you get the answer to your question... Marco00
  • Score: 2

12:24pm Thu 28 Aug 14

King Joke says...

B|oody idiots. They'll be moaning again when the cheap parking is over-subscribed and they can't find a place!
B|oody idiots. They'll be moaning again when the cheap parking is over-subscribed and they can't find a place! King Joke
  • Score: 1

2:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

West Oxon Webwatcher says...

“Staff resent being charged to come to work" Of course everyone who works in or around Oxford objects to paying for parking to go to work. There is a case for staff being reimbursed parking costs if the have to work at unsocial hours when public transport is not available but 9 to 5 workers should use the plentiful bus services.
I am a regular hospital outpatient and I find the park & ride service excellent but friend of mine complain about the cost of parking when they have appointments and then complain about the difficulty of finding a space when they get there. They would not, however consider using the park & ride that is free with their OAP pass.
“Staff resent being charged to come to work" Of course everyone who works in or around Oxford objects to paying for parking to go to work. There is a case for staff being reimbursed parking costs if the have to work at unsocial hours when public transport is not available but 9 to 5 workers should use the plentiful bus services. I am a regular hospital outpatient and I find the park & ride service excellent but friend of mine complain about the cost of parking when they have appointments and then complain about the difficulty of finding a space when they get there. They would not, however consider using the park & ride that is free with their OAP pass. West Oxon Webwatcher
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Thu 28 Aug 14

King Joke says...

Spot on WOWW.
Spot on WOWW. King Joke
  • Score: 0

2:15pm Thu 28 Aug 14

King Joke says...

Spot on WOWW
Spot on WOWW King Joke
  • Score: 0

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