Charging for hospital car parking risks demoralising the NHS workforceBMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4529 (Published 30 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4529
- Edward Ridyard, specialty trainee year 4, ophthalmology
- North Yorkshire Deanery, UK
Given that most hospital staff are required to do shift work, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect to have easily accessible parking. Yet for many, being able to park near their place of work comes at a high cost, with figures released earlier this year showing that three out of 10 NHS hospitals charge staff—including doctors, nurses, and the many other workers who come into hospitals every day to keep the NHS running—for car parking. The hospitals with the highest average charge cost £2 (€2.3; $2.6) per hour, which equates to £80 for a 40 hour working week.
And in news that is sure to make these workers feel further aggrieved, it was reported …