Hospitals Rake in [Pounds Sterling]12m from Patients and Staff Parking

The Evening Standard (London, England), October 27, 2006 | Go to article overview

Hospitals Rake in [Pounds Sterling]12m from Patients and Staff Parking


Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL

PATIENTS, visitors and staff are paying more than [pounds sterling]12 million a year to park at London hospitals.

Three NHS trusts - Barnet & Chase Farm, Barking, Havering & Redbridge and Epsom & St Helier - raked in more than [pounds sterling]1 million apiece last year.

Figures released by the Department Health show that nationwide NHS patients, staff and visitors were charged nearly [pounds sterling]100million for parking in 2005-06.

Patient watchdogs and MPs condemned the parking fees as a "tax on sickness".

Katherine Murphy of the Patients Association said: "It's disgraceful. It's making money out of people going for treatment when they have already paid through their taxes.

"You will have people who have to go to the hospital twice or three times a week.

If they have to wait a long time the charges in car parking can be extortionate.

"The NHS must be free at the point delivery. Is it free if, before you are even in hospital, you have to pay for parking?"

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Steve Webb said "realistic" hospital parking levies were acceptable but added: "Some trusts have used this as a cash cow." He said patients such as cancer sufferers who have to visit hospital regularly should be protected from running up large parking bills.

Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals Trust charges a [pounds sterling]4 flat fee for any length of stay in one of its car parks and offers weekly and monthly parking passes at lower rates.

Michael Smeeth, the trust's director communications, admitted its income from car parking was "quite a high figure".

But he added: "We are by no means the most expensive for car parking.

"Geographically, more people who use our services are likely to drive. We have got more land to park on because we are right on the edge of London."

Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals

visitors' car parks are used to meet [pounds sterling]400,000 in capital charges on all our car parks and towards the rent on those we do not own. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Hospitals Rake in [Pounds Sterling]12m from Patients and Staff Parking
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.