End of hospital parking fees in Scotland after deal is reached in Glasgow and Dundee
Hospital parking charges are to cease in Scotland after buyout agreements are concluded in Glasgow and Dundee.
An agreement is also reached which will lead to the end of the charges at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “These facilities will fall into public hands and help gradually eliminate the legacy of PFI from hospital car parks in Scotland.”
Patients and staff have been scammed over hospital parking fees under PFI deals inherited from previous governments.
Charges were suspended during covid and discussions have taken place with operators who would see them removed entirely.
The SNP government has provided the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with Â£ 26.3million to complete the buyout of the parking contract at the city’s Royal Infirmary.
A similar deal, worth Â£ 9million, has been made for NHS Tayside and Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
The SNP pledged to “take action” to end hospital parking fees at PFI sites for good during its first 100 days in government.
Yousaf said: ‘There are no parking changes in place at any hospitals after this Scottish government secured an agreement to suspend them at the three PFI sites at the start of the pandemic. Fees in other NHS parking lots had already been abolished by this government.
âThis announcement shows that we are committed to ensuring that they will not return to any PFI site in Scotland.
âTalks are progressing well with the owners of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site and I hope to reach an agreement in due course. As this progresses, we will keep the hospital parking lot free until the final deal is made.
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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Facilities and Estates Manager Tom Steele said: ‘We have been working closely with colleagues in the Scottish Government to remove parking charges for staff, patients and visitors to all our hospital sites.
âThe goal of the NHSGGC has been for some time that our staff can come to work without being charged to use the car parks. So I am very happy that this job is now complete and that we can offer free parking for all staff. working in each of our hospitals as well as the patients who will come for treatment and their relatives who visit them.
NHS Tayside Facilities Manager John Paterson said: ‘We know that the suspension of parking fees at Ninewells Hospital has benefited patients, staff and visitors and it has made a real difference to those who have visited our site since March 2020.
âToday’s announcement of the final elimination of parking fees at Ninewells is good news for everyone. We have worked closely with the Scottish Government and Saba UK car park operators to achieve this and we continue to work with Saba UK to ensure car parks are managed efficiently, allowing patients, staff and visitors to park in safe in the hospital.
NHS Lothian Deputy Managing Director Jim Crombie said: ‘We look forward to the completion of negotiations with our supplier PFI to end parking charges at our sites for good and we are grateful for the funding which enables staff and patients to continue to park for free during this time. “
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