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Free parking saves patients over £25m

Published: 11 Oct 2015 00:01

Hospital car parking charges were scrapped in 2008.

Scrapping car parking charges at most of Scotland's hospitals has saved patients and NHS staff more than £25 million over the past seven years.

As of 31 December 2008 parking was made free for patients, visitors and staff at hospitals where charges had previously applied.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"The founding principle of our NHS is to have services that are free for everyone – services that are not out to make profit.

"That's why I'm delighted that getting rid of car parking charges has saved patients and staff over £25 million.

"Charging to park at hospitals was an unnecessary financial burden on families and those needing treatment at a difficult time.

"Health boards are also continuing to work hard to put plans in place for addressing potential increases in demand, the promotion of greener transport and the possible misuse of spaces by commuters or others.

"I would like to be able to abolish charging at the three PFI car parks too but, unfortunately, these facilities are locked into long-term contracts with operators which precede this Government. We continue to keep these under review."

Notes to editors

Charges were abolished at the following hospitals:

  • NHS Grampian - Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - Gartnavel General Hospital and Gartnavel Royal Hospital (one car park for both), Southern General Hospital, Stobhill Hospital, Victoria Infirmary, Western Infirmary and Yorkhill Hospital
  • NHS Highland - Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
  • NHS Lothian - Lauriston Building, St John's Hospital and Western General Hospital.
  • NHS Tayside - Perth Royal Infirmary

Charges remain at three car parks built under Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.