Parking payment sign

£69m scandal of car parking charges for NHS staff should end

Commenting on new figures from NHS digital on a rise in car parking charges, Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “It is a scandal that NHS trusts in England have pocketed nearly £70 million from staff car parking charges in the year 2017/18, as it is basically ‘a tax on going to work’ that hard-pressed NHS employees are forced to pay.

“Such a large figure, revealed in the NHS Estates Returns Information, will take a big chunk out of the gains in the current NHS pay package which saw most staff get a pay rise of 6.5 per cent over the next three years.

"This pernicious trend is replicated by financially squeezed trusts across England – our members are being used as an extra income stream for these trusts.

“We would like a situation where dedicated NHS staff, who don’t earn a fortune, don’t have to pay to park their cars to go to work to look after the sick, the vulnerable and the injured 365 days a year.”

New figures from NHS Digital, which collects data for and about the health service, show that in the 2017/2018 year, health trusts cashed in on £69.5 million in parking charges and fines from NHS workers. This was in addition to £157 million raised from parking charges and fines on patients and visitors in the same year, which brought the total raised by the NHS on car parking to £226 million. Car parking income this year is significantly up from 2016/2017, when NHS trusts collected £174 million.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

For #RealChange #GE2019 #ForTheMany

A UK general election is coming – and it will be the fight of our lives ... our movement is the authentic voice for millions of people, for the communities of these lands. We are still the greatest force for social change that this country has witnessed and we are ready for the fight.”

Len McCluskey