Parking fee hike at hospital is ‘greedy’

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A diabetic pensioner who has undergone two amputations has accused Chesterfield Royal Hospital bosses of being ‘greedy’ following a hike in parking charges.

David Bartram, of Dale Road, New Tupton, claims the ‘unwarranted’ increase is imposing financial hardship on pensioners and says prices must be reduced.

A hospital spokesperson defended the price rise as in line with town centre charges and those of nearby hospitals.

But Mr Bartram disagrees. He said: “Surely this increase is unwarranted. It is yet again imposing financial hardship upon people like myself, a pensioner.”

He said that after having two amputations, visits to the hospital are a regular occurrence.

Mr Bartram added: “Hopefully bosses will show a little compassion and generosity in setting some new charges a pensioner can afford.

“I shall not hold my breath on that one, though.”

Parking charges were increased in October.

The current pricing structure is: up to one hour £2, was £1.80; one to two hours £2.70, was £2.50; two to four hours £3.70, was £3.50; four to 24 hours £5.70, was £5.50. A 14 visit discount pass is also available for £14.

A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that blue badge parking is free and there is around 100 spaces at the front of the site.

They said: “The car parks are managed by the hospital and money raised from the charges, around £700,000 a year, pays for non-patient care essentials such as car park and grounds maintenance and our on-site 24/7 security service.

“We review the costs every couple of years and keep them in line with town centre parking and charges at other neighbouring hospitals.”