Hospital parking fees are a charge on the sick

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Over a decade ago parking charges sparked huge unrest across Telford & Wrekin giving rise to (TAWPA) Telford & Wrekin Peoples Association. TAWPA changed a dictatorial regime that had ruled my town Dawley without challenge for over 40 years. TAWPA was dedicated to working with communities and making residents wellbeing a core ambition.

Thanks to TAWPA parking charges were abolished across the borough district towns and promises made by borough leaders not to impose them. Unsurprisingly they were subsequently reintroduced. More astonishingly Telford & Wrekin Council are not intervening on the issue of increased parking charges at PRH. Choosing to take the bystander’s approach they are non-committal apart from the obligatory statement oddly not from T&WC council leader who has been extremely vocal in his previous condemnation of all things PRH relative. Their statement declares they are not responsible.

Hospital parking charges are a charge on the sick, of that there is no dispute. More widely, the motorist is a cash cow for authorities. Where is the challenge from a younger generation to fight for their own future? They stand back while an aged population is paying the price as they are the most predominant users of NHS hospitals, they are also the most vulnerable, increasingly reliant on the energy and mettle of a younger generation who are failing to step up. Thank goodness for the Telford and Wrekin MPs who are challenging hospital car park management bodies. Adding to the cost for parking is the cut back on free time to 20 minutes. Anyone who has experienced the task of picking up a discharged patient knows that even a 30-minute window is not always possible.

Vic Tonks



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