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Date: 14 September 2007

Government review of hospital car parking charges welcomed - UNISON comment

UNISON, the healthcare union which announced a consultative ballot on industrial action in NHS Glasgow and Clyde earlier this week, said that they welcomed today's announcement of a review.

Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Regional Organiser for NHS Glasgow and Clyde said "UNISON welcomes the Scottish Government's Review of hospital car parking charges, and will look closely at the details and how we can co-operate most effectively with this. Unfortunately, as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) seem intent to push on with their charging policy, we will need to continue with our consultative ballot of staff affected.

"We would expect NHS GGC to abide by the outcome of any review, and as they do not appear to be prepared to await that, to reimburse any members who have to pay any unfair charges in the meantime."


For Further Information Please Contact: Matt McLaughlin (Regional Organiser) 0870 7777 006 (w) 07904341979 Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0870 7777 006(w) 0771 558 3729(m)