Select Committee on Health Written Evidence

Memorandum submitted by Peter May (CP 32)

  Telford DGH, on a green field site, did not have CAR PARK charges in the 80's and 90's. Out of town there was no competition for our parking spaces.

When the finances became a little rocky The Trust's auditors suggested that the budget could not be accepted another year.

It was not the Board who willingly introduced Parking Charges but their Auditors—a private accountancy firm who insisted: It is therefore clearly a money raising exercise; Out of keeping, I would suggest, with the Principle " free at the point of need".

Car Park charges are £1 for 24 hours.

No one is exempt.

Attendants rove the car park and £40 penalty Non-payment NOTICES are stuck on winscreens. If these are not settled Solicitors letters arrive at home threatening a Small Claims Court action, not in Shropshire, £100 and costs.

It's all very intimidatory.

Ticket machines make life impossible for the Visualy and Dextrously challenged elderly, disabled or infirm.One is expected to type in ones Registration Number.

C P Plus are the company who profit out of the sick's need to park near outpatients and the visiting worried relative's need to park while visiting.

Often the elderly sick's spouse is themselves an elderly pensioner; £1 seems little but mounts up when visiting daily over three or six weeks in hospital.

FREE at the POINT of NEED and this a RICH NATION. SHAME!!

Peter C May, MB.ChB.,LRCP,FRCS

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital

9 December 2005

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