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Parking tickets to be issued at Medway hospital

By This is Kent  |  Posted: February 18, 2010

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PATIENTS could face £60 fines for parking outside designated areas at Medway Maritime Hospital.

Medway NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, in Windmill Road, Gillingham, will enforce the civil penalty notice scheme across its site.

Security staff will slap tickets on vehicles parked in unauthorised areas or not in a bay.

The fine will be £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

A committee will consider appeals.

The hospital has 540 patient and visitor spaces and last year made £1 million from parking charges.

Gareth Hughes, head of facilities said: "The trust receives continual complaints from staff and patients about inappropriate and dangerous parking on the hospital site.

"As a consequence we have explored all enforcement measures to help remedy this.

"The scheme will ensure that all vehicles are parked within a designated bay or area and that people do not park in unauthorised areas."

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    Mrs Kettle, Chatham  |  February 20 2010, 5:23PM

    Depending on the time of day it is a gamble if you can find a space. It can take more than 1/2 an hour to get into the car park then only to find the spaces so tight when pregnant or with an infant not being able to get out of the space you just parked in. Parking is inadequate and too expensive when appointment times run ridiculously over for no reason just to generate more revenue. I support the staff and feel their fustration as this is something that also affects them and is openly spoken about within the hospital.

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    P. Fearn, Sittingbourne  |  February 19 2010, 11:04AM

    I agree totally with the enforcement of these parking rules for visitors etc; however I think that genuine patients attending appointments should not have to pay these outragous charges . Most of us would not be able to get to our appointments on time without the use of a car .Travelling on public transport is fine for fit and well people but not for anyone who is suffering . The government keep on about removing cahrges for the chronically sick or cancer patients but thats all it is, just talk . It 's just another Stealth Tax .Wouldn't it be a good idea if as part of their job , MP's had to use the NHS with none of their usual privilege's so that they new how it affected normal people.

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