Posted: 30.12.19 at 11:41 by The Editor
Parents of poorly children who need to stay overnight at Peterborough City Hospital will not have to pay for car parking from April.
The free car parking provision was set out by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday (27 Dec) - and will also include night shift staff working at the city hospital.
Currently, like all NHS hospital trusts, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for making its own car parking arrangements, including setting charges. Any profits must be reinvested into frontline care.
From April 2020, all 206 hospital trusts in England will be expected to provide free car parking to frequent hospital visitors, or those disproportionately impacted by daily or hourly charges for parking, including:
• Blue Badge holders
• frequent outpatients who have to attend regular appointments to manage long-term conditions
Free parking will also be offered at specific times of day to certain people, including:
• parents of sick children staying in hospital overnight
• staff working night shifts
There are around 750 patient and visitor and more than 1,300 staff car parking spaces at Peterborough City Hospital.
The hospital already provides free parking for patients with a long-term illness or serious condition needing regular treatment, such as chemotherapy and blood transfusions, as well as Blue Badge holders.
But the current concessionary car parking rate of £2.60 a day for parents of sick children staying overnight in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Amazon Ward will be abolished from April under the government move.
As will parking charges for staff working night shifts.
Eric Fehily, Estates and Facilities Director at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We will be reviewing our car parking charges in line with the government’s requirements with a view to implement any changes by April 2020.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "This month millions of people put their trust in this government to deliver.
"One of the concerns mentioned regularly on the doorsteps was that vulnerable people and staff working nights have to pay for hospital car parking.
"So we are today delivering on our manifesto commitment and setting out our new approach to NHS hospital parking charges.
"Currently, the situation varies from hospital to hospital.
"Instead, from April, across the country those with the greatest need - such as disabled people, parents staying overnight with sick children in hospital, and NHS staff working nightshifts - will no longer have to pay for parking.
"This is yet another example of how this government is delivering on our promises and focusing on the people’s priorities."