Monday 12 January 2009
UNISON pledges support for Paul Martin's bill to abolish hospital
Labour MSP Paul Martin is launching a members' bill to scrap
all charges in NHS car parks. His bill would apply across the
Scottish NHS estate, including hospitals such as Ninewells and
Glasgow & Edinburgh Royal Infirmaries, which continue to levy
Paul Martin's bill is officially launched at a photocall with
NHS staff unions at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Monday morning.
He said: "My bill will make it illegal for a health board to levy
parking charges on patients, visitors or staff – or anyone who
has to visit a site for whatever reason.
"If commercial sites like Braehead and the Fort can provide free
parking, it is a sad reflection that people who are being cared
for in hospital and their families have to pay to park.
"It is an extra hassle that patients and their families do not
need at what is already a stressful enough time."
UNISON Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin said: "We need a comprehensive
solution to car parking across the NHS in Scotland. UNISON is
backing this bill to ensure that the needs of patients, visitors
and staff are met, in Glasgow and across Scotland."
For further information please contact: Andrew McFadyen
on 07824 694 677 (for Paul Martin MSP) Matt McLaughlin on 0790
434 1979 (for UNISON Scotland)
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