No plans to force patients to cough up for car parking at Tamworth's Sir Robert Peel Hospital
NURSES and doctors working at the Sir Robert Peel Hospital are to have to pay to park at the site – but hospital chiefs insist there are no plans to make patients or visitors pay.
From July 1, all employees of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will have to pay for a parking permit.
Charges will be on a sliding scale and will vary from £5 a month for community-based midwives to £226 per year for the highest earners.
Over the last few years, parking charges for all who visit the site have been considered, but have never yet been implemented – with the Trust now saying that under their tenancy agreement with the site owners South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, they are not in a position to make the public pay to park at the Mile Oak site.
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The staff charges are being brought in to cover parking across all the Trust sites, which include the Samuel Johnson Hospital in Lichfield and Queens Hospital in Burton-on-Trent.
Patients and visitors to both Lichfield and Burton-on-Trent currently have to pay to park – meaning Robert Peel's Mile Oak site is the only one available for parking free of charge.
Geoff Neild, Head of Facilities, said: "The introduction of parking charges at Sir Robert Peel, Tamworth on 1st July applies only to employees of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
"We did notify staff members earlier this year that we intended to introduce charges at the community hospitals in Tamworth and Lichfield.
"This brings staff employed across all three sites in line with Trust terms and conditions.
"The staff parking permit covers parking across our sites which makes it easier for staff who have to work in the three hospitals.
"We operate a salary sacrifice scheme for car parking which enables staff to have the car parking charge deducted from their gross salary, thus having the effect of reducing the amount of National Insurance and income tax paid. This helps to bring down the cost of the parking charge.
"With regard to public parking, we are not in a position under the current terms of our tenancy agreement with the site landlord to introduce charges.
"In the future, if we are in a position to bring Sir Robert Peel in line with our sites at Burton and Lichfield, we will ensure the public are given ample notice and are made fully aware of the concessionary packages available", he added.