NHS parking charge

STAFF at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital could be asked to pay to park at work.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has held a consultation on the introduction of a travel plan – which looks at things such as car sharing, cycling and park and rides schem as well as staff charges to pay for investments in parking.

A spokesman said: “The trust has 2,275 car parking spaces across three main hospital sites costing £583,000 per year.

“This diverts funds intended for patient care and supporting services, which cannot be justified. ULHT is understood to be the only acute hospital trust in the country that does not charge staff for car parking and money the trust is using to cover these costs could be invested in patient care.

“Any income from staff car parking charges will be reinvested into travel facilities. Without staff charges, improvements will not be possible.”

The consultation results will be announced soon.