Majority of Mail readers think all hospital parking should be free

The majority of Mail readers who voted in our recent poll believe all hospital parking should be free in our area.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:57 pm
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 12:40 pm
Readers have had their say on hospital parking.

On Thursday, December 12, along with the all important poll that day, we asked readers to decide on something different in our daily Facebook vote.

We asked you: “Do you think all hospital parking should be free?”

Out of over 1,000 readers who voted, 92% voted yes while only 8% voted against the idea.

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Readers were keen to come up with alternative ideas for the parking.

Sandy MacKay said: “It's free in Scotland but there are issues with people using it for free parking when working in the town. I've always thought a barrier system, operated by a token which you get from the ward or department you are visiting would reduce the problem.”

Bryan Littler agreed: “Logic says yes, but what about in towns and cities where hospitals are located near to shops etc? It would be near to impossible to get a space in this scenario. Certainly shouldn't be £4 for 35 minutes in Hartlepool though.”

Angela Phillips-Veart added: “Yes but think they should be given a ticket from the nurse or doctor’s desk so it’s only people using the hospitals.”

Molly Horner asked: “Does the money go to the hospital?”

Susan Gough said:” If you’re disabled and have a blue badge or mobility car, if you register your registration number with the hospital you then don’t have to pay for parking.”

Jason Stringwell said: “For staff, yes.”

Philip Doublet agreed: “For staff yes. I don’t mind paying for parking but the prices they charge are disgraceful. They should have a cap on parking fees. I’m sure people would be happy to pay £2.50 for 24 hours as long as it goes to the NHS.”

David Ryder said: “I don't mind paying to park, otherwise NHS money would need to be spent on maintenance of car park facilities and on site roads. How much would a return taxi or bus cost?”