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Hospital parking “a mess”? Tell me about it!

Not an NHS car park.A health select committee report out today says that the current system of NHS charges should be revamped. They’re talking about phone costs, eye tests, prescriptions, dental care, and – crucially – car park charges.

The current proposal is that people who have to attend hospital daily for treatment should get free parking. Not wanting to sound selfish here, I have to ask: What about me?

I’m a medical student. I go to the hospital every day, pay over £1,000 per year for the privelege, and often spent late nights there effectively working for the hospital for free. And yet I have to pay over £2 per day for car parking charges. Over the course of the last few months, that’s £343.20*.

Now, it might be argued that, hey, I’m young and fit, I can park away from the hospital car park. Well, no, not really, because not only does that drive local residents absolutely mad, and it’s potentially dangerous to go walking round these very quiet, poorly lit areas at 10pm.

*In fact it isn’t, because I don’t park there. Understandably.

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Comment from julie boston

    07.00, 12/04/2007

While sympathising with young doctor, i wonder if it has occured to him that the millions spent on building hospital car parks could be better spent on paying bus & train operators to provide more frequent, later & cheaper public transport.
Julie Boston, Bristol

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

    09.29, 12/04/2007

Good point – and actually, I quite agree with you. The transport links between my home and the hospital at the moment are appalling – in fact, when I looked at getting the bus, there isn’t a single one which arrives before 9am, and there are no direct services whatsoever.

If the system were improved such that there were suitable public transport links available, including out-of-hours, then I’d happily use it.

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