Rosie Cooper MP has welcomed new guidelines on hospital parking, aimed at reducing costs to patients, visitors and staff, having campaigned on this issue over several years.
Free or reduced parking should now be available to many groups of people including those with disabilities, frequent outpatient attenders, visitors with gravely ill relatives and staff working shifts when public transport is not available.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“This is a long overdue U-turn by this government on issue of hospital parking charges and fines. It is a pity the Conservative-led government decided that Labour’s plans for phasing out charges for patients wasn’t a priority and we must now ensure this small step reduces pressure and stress on patients and visitors in West Lancashire who already have enough to worry about.”
“West Lancashire residents have been affected by these charges as patients, as visitors, as staff and in living close to a hospital. To avoid paying the car parking charges drivers have parked in the Thompson Avenue and Tower Hill areas of Ormskirk causing significant disruption for residents over several years.
“Over the last 18 months I have also raised residents’ concerns over the reasons for issuing of parking fines and the cost of the fines. On this I managed to secure a reduction in the cost of the fines.
“At this stage these are just guidelines not a requirement. Therefore, I have written to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust asking how they plan to implement these new guidelines for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff.”