Clarence Mitchell, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion, has welcomed new guidance from the Conservative led Government over the reduction of NHS hospital parking charges for certain groups. Ministers have said relatives of people who are seriously ill or who have to stay in hospital for a long time should be given free parking or reduced charges. Concessions should also be offered to people with disabilities and NHS staff whose shift patterns mean they cannot use public transport.
Clarence said: ”I very much welcome these guide lines as all too often patients and their relatives are under considerable extra stress whilst trying desperately to park, when worrying about missing their appointment or becoming increasingly anxious about seeing a sick friend or relative. I also fully support the Macmillan campaign to remove car parking charges for cancer patients.”
Clarence adds: “Charges at the Royal Sussex County Hospital multi storey car park being just above the daily average of Ł9.56 in the South East are in my view already far too high. Given that off-site parking is extremely limited due to nearby roads being for permit holders only, there is little option but to use the hospital car park. To make matters worse, there are never enough spaces and patients and visitors are forced to queue and spend valuable time hunting down a space to park.”
Clarence has written to the Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, Matthew Kershaw, asking how the new Government guidelines will be implemented.