West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust to review its car park management arrangements after an explosion of complaints from patients and their families.
In recent weeks Rosie has received numerous complaints from local residents over problems with parking when attending the hospital.
MP Rosie has written to and met with the hospital Chief Executive to express her concerns and to call for the hospital’s car parking management to be reviewed.
MP Rosie said:
“I am not condoning people parking incorrectly and using disabled bays without the appropriate blue badge. However, there just seems to have been a massive increase in the number of complaints.
“At the centre of these complaints is the size of the fine being issued; the time of day at which these tickets are being issued; and the time between people parking and when the ticket is issued. It has been suggested to me that the private company managing the car park could be targeting these motorists as the fines generate income for them.
“What we need to see is a bit of common sense and understanding to this problem. It needs to be appreciated that if people are ill or unsteady on their feet then you want to drop them off as close as possible to the front door and see them into the hospital before parking up properly. For some people they are faced with an emergency and how they park will not be a priority at all.
“I am hopeful that the hospital can strike a more sensible balance between properly managing the car park to avoid a free for all but being more considerate of the public and patients using the car park.”