Poll: Consultation continues as part of move which could see Ipswich Hospital staff car parking charges increase

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
5:41 PM

A trade union boss today hit out at proposals which could see car parking charges for Ipswich Hospital staff dramatically increase, a move described as an ‘attack’ on health workers.

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Officials at the Heath Road trust last night admitted a consultation was ongoing into the matter, but that they were looking at a wide range of options, with the aim of finding the fairest way to generate income.

Unison has called on the management at the hospital to axe any planned rises and said that workers were “incensed” about the prospect of increasing charges.

Yvonne Cleary, UNISON regional organiser said: “No health worker should have to pay to go to work and no private firms should be making money out of vulnerable patients, visitors and staff.

“The issue of hospital parking charges affects everyone.

“Today, these proposed increases at Ipswich Hospital affect staff. Tomorrow it will be local patients and their families who have to pay the price, unless we call a halt to it now.”

Ipswich Hospital said a number of comments have been received as part of the consultation, but stressed that it was only focused on staff parking charges, not for visitors.

Among the potential outcomes, according to the hospital, would be for a lower rate for workers in lower bands and higher charges for those in higher bands.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: “We are at the very early stage of consultation so it has not gone to the board.

“We asked all our trade union representatives, members of the joint consultation and negotiating group to consider several options.

“We have had comments back and now we are in the process of looking through those comments and look at how we go forward.

“We are looking at a whole range of options. If we were going to increase car parking charges, what is the fairest way? What are the options and what do staff feel about those changes?

“We are saying that we need to generate more money in the hospital to make sure that we can continue to provide the care we provide.”

A decision on the matter could be reached as soon as the end of this month.

23 comments

  • What this article fails to inform us is that the proposed increase is only approx. 20 pence on what staff pay to park now. Try working for Suffolk County Council - they get charged £3 a day.

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    notmacna

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Whats wrong with cycling to work ? I used to cycle 6 miles to and from work from one side of ipswich to the other , did it every day rain or shine . I don't do it now , before you ask , as i have finished in that job now . Many work places don't have parking so their staff park where they can at their own expense . Why should NHS staff be given free parking ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • 'Even with enough parking spaces for staff', it is reported that at 07.45am each morning staff drive round and round looking for an elusive space, often not getting to their work place until well after 08.00am. This does not suggest an abundance of available spaces. Also, there is a exclusion zone where staff who live too close to the hospital do not get a parking permit, what do they do on a wet day but park in nearby roads. Someone needs to get a grip with the whole issue.

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    how'd the town do

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Have the local residents been informed of these consultations?! I don't think so, with the reason being you know exactly what they would have to say on the matter! I don't agree that staff should have to pay! But IF that's the only option (which I very much doubt it is) then at least give them the spaces they need to prevent the overspill into neighbouring roads. Where is this multistory that was supposed to come with the Garrett Anderson being built? The problem is, even with enough parking spaces for staff, some still choose to clog up residential roads, preventing people from being able to park when they return from work. And yes I know, for those that like to say, they pay their road tax too, you try living in a road like it!

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    StarReader

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Some comments here cite the problem of people using the car park when they work elsewhere to justify parking fees. Surely this is the same problem faced by supermarkets, but they do not charge parking fees. Ipswich hospital could issue all staff with permits and could impose a time limit on stays for out-patients and visitors. Anyone over-staying would receive a ticket but could contest it by providing a signed slip from out-patients or the ward (if a visitor) if there were extenuating circumstances. And, as with others commenting here, I would like to know what senior admin. staff pay and if any have free parking. The local papers are always sticking their noses into local businesses so surely they can find this one out.

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Car parking at Ipswich Hospital is a nightmare. You must expect staff & patients to use their own transport because of the poor public transport. Further more the managers should have realised this when siting the hospital on the outskirts of the town. Yet more poor planing by those that know best. There are insufficient spaces for patients for a start. It is a disgrace that Medicial Staff have to pay to park for work. I would suggest all Medicial Staff and patients park for free and the thousands of pen pushers are made to pay.

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    Salty 1

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • I bet the chief executive does not pay for his car parking, and if the staff all said no to these fees is the trust going to sack them all, I do not think so.

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    clowe

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • to be honest . I have heard so many bad things about Ipswich hospital .... I would think you better off away from it .. so maybe high car park charges will help you. plus just seen them installing turn styles to get in like portman road

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    Lee mundy

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • There is a balance to be had when charging for parking at the workplace. If it is free or too cheap everyone uses it as the cost is non existant or cheap , raise it and it stops some from driving and frees up spaces for those that do . At this hospital it had to charge to stop the park and ride type people . It also generates some need income . Staff should be charged for parking but should be guided by their income . NHS staff member earning £15k pa should pay half the charge of someone on £30k etc . A senior doctor or consultant paying higher than a porter is not unreasonable .

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Why do they not offer staff discounted bus travel? SCC have parking problems but their staff get heavily discounted annual passes with Ipswich Buses ( something like £200 per year) so they don't HAVE to pay to park. Lack of affordable work parking is nothing new in major towns and cities and Ipswich is perhaps fortunate to have any kind of parking provision. Whilst I don't agree with staff being ripped off to park at work, it is not unreasonable to expect them to pay something- whether in parking or other means of transport.

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • If I worked at the hospital and felt a little unwell, my decision as whether or not to go to work that day would probably be influenced by how I was treated by my employers. If I was being ripped off for parking then I would probably not go in that day and the hospital would have to pay an Agency from £20 (Care worker) to £50 or more (Nurse) PER HOUR plus still pay my wages! Employers never take this into consideration but I suspect that the financial loss in Agency fees is greater than any gains by increases in parking fees.

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Recently visited since the extended car parking came into play and still drove around for 10 mins. Not really want I want if I'm not well or trying to fit in with visiting hour lucky I had planned for this. Most of my appointments are 40 mins late - just shows how busy the place is. Only recently found out midwifes have to pay a yearly £100 charge plus parking charges, If I lived nearer I would happily give up a driveway during the day for any staff member there. They really shouldn't have to pay, there's also easy ways now to filter out non hospital traffic from parking there if it became free

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    mm

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • I have previously worked at the hospital and I never parked on site, I was lucky that I started fairly early in the morning so managed to get a space in one of the surrounding roads. I know the residents hate it as I had a few complaints about parking outside people’s houses but the hospital itself needs to change the car parking system, a lot of my previous colleagues have been rallying for years to get this changed.

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    IpswichLad

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Why aren't they building a multi-storey?

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    Erm, Why?

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Royg you try parking any where with in a mile of the hospital , I don't believe in strikes but this looks a good case for one i think the threat of one would bring the management to their senses

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    pandy

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Agree increase the staff car park charges, just after you give them all a pay rise!!!!

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    Ipswich Man

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • This is a genuinely difficult issue. Much as people don't feel they ought to pay to park there, it's important to remember that before the charges were introduced, a large number of people were treating the hospital car park as a free park & ride scheme. So patients and visitors were often unable to park there because of the large number of cars owned by commuters clogging up the car park. Any solution has to take account of this otherwise selfish motorists will undoubtedly take over the car park for their own benefit again.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Staff are not the only ones being ripped off patients on regular short vists to the hospital for treatment etc. now have to pay double as the short term carpark is now a minimum of 2 hour charge of £2 Many like me are in and out after treatment within half an hour. It is a total scam on patients

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    David T Fisk

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Some hospital trusts, such as Colchester locally, do not charge staff to park. Shouldn't they all do that as well as making charges for others fair? In terms of the hospital's budget income from parking must be a drop in the ocean. If the money were being used to provide adequate parking for all who need it that would be a possible justification but they don't, it's just a free for all.

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    amsterdam81

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Work at the hospital get your low pay aftyer payment of tax and national insurance then hand back a large part of your pay as a charge on travelling to work from money that u have been taxed on. Little wonder many of the staff are looking for jobs elsewhere. and reruits are hard to get

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    David T Fisk

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • The hospital are already ripping of patients. There used to be a short term car park for all those who like me have to make regular visits for treatment etc which takes less than an hour and often less then half an hour. There is now a minimum charge for 2 hours of £2 so every visit we short termers have to pay double . The people running the chaos of carparking at the hospital should be sacked they are either totally incompetent or a bunch of crooks

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    David T Fisk

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Fully echo royg but what a mercenary outfit. I have no connection with staff at Heath Road but all I can say is that my experiences are positive in a very caring profession. They have been held back on pay rises by the current climate yet there is consideration afoot to squeeze their own staff.............am I right in believing the management have their own spaces!!.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • It will just cause staff to park anywhere they can outside of the hospital and who can blame them.

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    royg

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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