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Conquest parking charges are amongst the highest in the country

March 15, 2009

nick-with-norman-lamb-mp-and-margaret-williamsResearch undertaken by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that in 2007-8, East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust was one of the highest charging Trusts in respect of average fee per hour for patient/visitor parking.

Nick Perry, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye, with help from the office of Norman Lamb MP (Lib Dem Health Spokesperson), has also established that the Trust received £850,000 from visitors parking, and that the costs of providing the parking amounted to just under £400,000.

Following the submission of a Freedom of Information Act request, the Trust said that it did not hold information on average length of stay in its car parks.

Nick has joined forces on this issue with hospital campaigner Margaret Williams, and said at the weekend,

“When we met with the Chair of the Trust in autumn last year we learnt that the Trust does not receive an adequate market forces supplement in respect of Government funding.

“As the recession bites, we appreciate that the Trust may not be able to waive charges altogether. But when there is a clear link between deprivation and health inequalities, ours more than any other English Trust should be leading the way in securing a fairer deal for local people. Especially when charges have been scrapped altogether in Scotland and Wales.

“In my view, the Trust must at least look again at an initial free period. Following pressure from Lib Dem MP John Pugh, this has been achieved recently in Southport, in the North West.

“All the political parties should work together to keep the pressure on, until this is agreed”, he said.

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