Successful challenge to hospital car parking charge hike in Plymouth

22 Mar 2016

The RCN and other unions have successfully achieved a delay in the implementation of increased car parking charges for staff working at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust until at least 1 April 2017, after which the trust has agreed to cap any rise in charges at 10p a day.

RCN Council member Vicky Brotherton of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth

“We have worked hard with staff side on behalf of the RCN and we are delighted with this excellent result,” said lead RCN representative Vicky Brotherton, who has recently been elected onto RCN Council, the RCN’s governing body.

Chief executive Ann James has written to staff saying: “I hope that this small gesture will help support staff at a time of both financial and operational pressures.”

In addition to the freeze on staff parking charges, the trust is also planning to improve its payment options and supporting alternatives, specifically:

  • extending the weekend permit to include Fridays
  • introducing Direct Debit as a means of payment for those unable to access a salary payment scheme
  • introducing a part-time salary deduction or sacrifice rate based on FTE
  • developing a car sharing portal for trust staff in collaboration with Liftshare.

The trust is also looking at whether it is still appropriate to maintain its discounted parking rate for band one and two staff, and is planning to consult widely on the issue.

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