I can remember in the early 1980’s when I was a young hospital manager and car parking charges were introduced.
All those nice accountants in my hospital said … ‘This is only a nominal sum and merely a gesture. It will never become income we rely on in the NHS’
How times have changed …
I recently read the exclusive BBC news report (click here ) about hospital car parking - here is an extract
'Hospitals in England are each charging their patients up to £1.5m a year for car parking, the BBC has learned. Twelve hospital trusts each raised over £1m in charges, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show.'
My lesson - Confucius he say:
‘Beware he of the numbers game called NHS accountant who brings promises of jam tomorrow’
At the time in the early 80's as an outspoken young rebellious manager I complained long and hard to my bosses about my abhorrence at charging patients to park.
I was accused of being a socialist extremist.
Without being arrogant I was right and it still riles me today 20 plus years later.
It is scandalous that patients and relatives pay for being ill or visiting someone who is ill.
I have spoken to people who pay £35 per week to visit their sick next of kin in a hospital bed.
Mr Bevan will be turning in his grave.
I DON’T ACTUALLY CARE WHAT NHS ACCOUNTANTS SAY ABOUT THIS BEING NECESSARY – IT ISN'T – END OF STORY.