Tracy Brabin labels Labour’s plan to scrap hospital parking fees a ‘welcome relief’

Tracy Brabin, who is bidding for re-election on June the 8th, has thrown her support behind Labour’s policy to scrap charges at hospital car parks.

The policy would cost £162 million in England and will be paid for by an increased tax on private health insurance premiums.

Tracy Brabin, candidate for Batley and Spen called reports from the union Unison that some NHS staff, including nurses, are paying up to £100 a month for car parking ‘alarming’.

Locally car parking costs at Dewsbury and District Hospital start at £2 for the first hour (after the first 20 minutes) and rise to £6.90 for 24 hours.

Commenting Tracy Brabin said, “If you’re sick or an anxious relative visiting an unwell loved one the last thing you should have to worry about is whether you can afford the parking. That’s why I know scrapping these charges will be a welcome relief to many in our community and I’m backing this pledge 100%.

I understand hospitals are struggling financially due to chronic underfunding by the Conservative Government but that burden shouldn’t fall on you. 

I also know some of our heroic NHS staff, including nurses, really struggle with these charges, especially when their work involves moving around more than one hospital. 

This is another example that Labour is the party of the NHS, we created it, saved it in 1997 and will do so again in 2017.

The announcement comes after Shadow Secretary of State for Health Jonathan Ashworth came to Batley and announced an immediate memorandum on unpopular STPs (Sustainability and Transformation Plans) and a halt on all A&E closures pending an urgent review. Mr Ashworth’s announcement gave renewed hope that Dewsbury and District Hospital A&E could be saved from downgrade.

Watch Tracy Brabin’s reaction to the announcement on car park charges here.