Hospital car parking charges

Stephen Hepburn, MP for the Jarrow constituency, has called on the Government to end extortionate NHS hospital car parking charges in England.

Around half of NHS hospital car parks in England are ran by private car parking companies including South Tyneside District Hospital.

Mr Hepburn’s recommitment to end NHS England hospital car parking charges comes after the issue was debated in Parliament last Thursday.

Research published by Unison last year highlighted that some NHS hospitals in England are charging staff fees of around £100 a month just to park.

The 2017 Labour Manifesto pledged to fund free parking in NHS England for patients, staff and visitors – by increasing the tax on private medical insurance premiums. Labour stated that this policy would meet the £170 million cost of free parking at NHS England hospitals by scrapping the subsidy for people that can afford it, rather than charging people who can’t.

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

"It is totally wrong that patients, NHS staff and those visiting loved ones in hospital are being forced to pay, what is essentially, a tax on sickness and a tax on drivers using NHS services.

"Patients and visitors should not be subsidising the profits of outsourced private contractors who run most of these hospital car parks or to make up for sustained Tory underfunding of our NHS.

“Private companies are making profits from the taxpayer and the most vulnerable people in our society. This must stop and I will continue to press the Government to take action and end this injustice.” 

 

Meet your MP

 Stephen-Hepburn-MP

Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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