COMMENT: Back plans to ease parking for patients

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THE last thing patients visiting a doctor or hospital want to worry about is where to park, so we welcome the action being taken by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to tackle an increasing problem.

And it is not only patients who are affected. There have also been more than 1,000 emails complaints from staff.

MPs including the Prime Minister David Cameron have shared their own concerns about some of the trust’s 43 car parks across Oxfordshire. Currently it is free to park at the sites, unlike general hospitals such as the John Radcliffe in Oxford, but clearly something must be done.

However, the resolution may not please everyone as it will inevitably see charges introduced. Members of the public should make their views known before it is too late and a decision is made.

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9:55am Mon 16 Dec 13

Gunslinger says...

Charging is I think inevitable - hopefully with a limited free period to cover genuine appointments and visiting.

On the two occasions I have had to go to Abingdon hospital, it was virtually impossible to park.

It might weed out some of those who don't really need to park there. Tesco's over the road now have a 3 hour limit, so some freeloaders may have moved on.
Charging is I think inevitable - hopefully with a limited free period to cover genuine appointments and visiting. On the two occasions I have had to go to Abingdon hospital, it was virtually impossible to park. It might weed out some of those who don't really need to park there. Tesco's over the road now have a 3 hour limit, so some freeloaders may have moved on. Gunslinger

11:09am Mon 16 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

There is essentially a choice.

Either pay £Bns to massively improve transport infrastructure in Oxford(shire) - or give up and build large multi-storey car parks for customers/visitors/s
taff attending/visiting/w
orking at the hospitals.
There is essentially a choice. Either pay £Bns to massively improve transport infrastructure in Oxford(shire) - or give up and build large multi-storey car parks for customers/visitors/s taff attending/visiting/w orking at the hospitals. Andrew:Oxford

2:09pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Feelingsmatter says...

At Abingdon we need money to be spent on making more parking spaces where there is currently mud. If as a member of staff I am ever expected to pay for the privilege of working there it may well be the final straw. We're not exactly paid the best rates in the UK. There are always some complete idiots who sit in their cars, in disabled spaces, waiting for someone while they watch people who can hardly walk hobbling from their cars which they have had to abandon on the grass. There are also prize pillocks who park across the entrances to wards stopping ambulance access. We will never be able to control idiocy.
At Abingdon we need money to be spent on making more parking spaces where there is currently mud. If as a member of staff I am ever expected to pay for the privilege of working there it may well be the final straw. We're not exactly paid the best rates in the UK. There are always some complete idiots who sit in their cars, in disabled spaces, waiting for someone while they watch people who can hardly walk hobbling from their cars which they have had to abandon on the grass. There are also prize pillocks who park across the entrances to wards stopping ambulance access. We will never be able to control idiocy. Feelingsmatter

3:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

King Joke says...

What about patients who have no access to a car (something like 30% of UK households) having to hobble past the parked cars to a hospital built at the far end of a car park from the main road and the bus stop?
What about patients who have no access to a car (something like 30% of UK households) having to hobble past the parked cars to a hospital built at the far end of a car park from the main road and the bus stop? King Joke

7:16pm Mon 16 Dec 13

caz1111 says...

The sad thing is that if the JR stopped charging it would probably be even harder to park as it would revert to the situation where shoppers would park there for free & catch the bus into the city centre. Paying may be bad but no spaces are worse. Also the number of buses to the hospitals means you can stay there for as long as necessary without worrying about how much it is costing.
The sad thing is that if the JR stopped charging it would probably be even harder to park as it would revert to the situation where shoppers would park there for free & catch the bus into the city centre. Paying may be bad but no spaces are worse. Also the number of buses to the hospitals means you can stay there for as long as necessary without worrying about how much it is costing. caz1111

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