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Hospitals: Chelmsford

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue was generated by charges imposed upon (a) staff, (b) patients and (c) others for the use of car parks at (i) Broomfield and (ii) St John's hospitals in Chelmsford in each of the last five years. (206923)

Hospital car parking charges are decided locally by individual trusts to help cover the cost of running and maintaining a car park. All trusts should have exemption and concessionary schemes in place to ensure that patients and carers who visit hospital regularly are not disadvantaged. They should also have sustainable public transport plans in place for staff and visitors.

The East of England Strategic Health Authority advises that the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust provide 15 minutes free parking to allow people to be dropped off and picked up at the hospital. In addition, it provides free parking to anyone holding a local authority blue disabled badge and offers reduced priced tickets to frequent users and a weekly ticket for longer-term users.

Data on the gross income that national health service trusts receive from car parking charges paid by staff and visitors have been collected since 2000. These data are provided by the NHS on a voluntary basis and have not been amended following their collection, nor have they been actively checked by the Department and therefore cannot be confirmed to be accurate or complete.

Information in respect of Broomfield and St John's hospitals in Chelmsford is shown in the following table.

Total gross income from staff parking

Total gross income from patient and visitor parking

Broomfield Hospital

2002-03

85,386

423,783

2003-04

31,851

295,075

2004-05

51,366

503,418

2005-06

62,383

598,525

2006-07

89,000

689,740

St. Johns Hospital

2002-03

28,462

141,261

2003-04

13,650

126,461

2004-05

12,916

120,645

2005-06

12,569

128,913

2006-07

2,247

162,214