Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals defend parking charges but say they are under review

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BARNET and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust has defended parking charges at its sites, which were revealed by consumer watchdog Which? as the highest minimum fees in Britain.

The minimum fee for visitors and patients is £4 for two hours parking, although the trust said the fee allows people to park for the whole day.

In a statement, it said: “Overall, for longer periods this fee is comparable with other trusts.

“It is also important to note that there are drop off and pick up zones situated around both sites of up to 30 minutes.”

One of the recommendations in the Which? report was for discounts be given to regular visitors and patients.

The trust said regular visitors are offered a weekly “season ticket” for £11 and added the information on available concessions would be more widely publicised at the sites.

The statement added: “The trust would like to assure patients and visitors that, other than the cost of running the car parks (such as maintaining the machinery and car parks, security and paying the parking attendants), all the income from charges is paid into the hospital’s budgets, directly benefiting patient care.

“Following the Department of Health consultation on car parking earlier the year, the trust is taking the opportunity to investigate the possibility of charging an hourly rather than a daily rate for parking.”

What do you think of the charges at the hospital sites? Leave your comments below.

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4:58pm Fri 11 Jun 10

mrsangry999 says...

A few years ago, Barnet Hospital demolished the Workhouse buildings on the Wellhouse site, despite a recent scheduling order by the then Labour council leader. This building was one of the earliest examples of Workhouses in the country, and is believed to have had connections with Dicken's inspiration for the background of Oliver Twist: (Dickens of course had close associations with Barnet and Finchley). The Workhouse was destroyed, despite the listing, in the face of opposition by local historians and residents, on the basis that the land was needed for a car park. This has never transpired, in fact last time I looked it was a weed infested muddy field. Perhaps someone should be asking why this ground was not used for what was held to be an acute need of extra parking space.
A few years ago, Barnet Hospital demolished the Workhouse buildings on the Wellhouse site, despite a recent scheduling order by the then Labour council leader. This building was one of the earliest examples of Workhouses in the country, and is believed to have had connections with Dicken's inspiration for the background of Oliver Twist: (Dickens of course had close associations with Barnet and Finchley). The Workhouse was destroyed, despite the listing, in the face of opposition by local historians and residents, on the basis that the land was needed for a car park. This has never transpired, in fact last time I looked it was a weed infested muddy field. Perhaps someone should be asking why this ground was not used for what was held to be an acute need of extra parking space. mrsangry999
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1:04pm Thu 17 Jun 10

davidsantamaria says...

£4 as a flat daily charge is extortionate. If (as I once did) you have a blood test appointment you might only be in the building for 15 minutes. This works out at £16 an hour. I am delighted to hear that they are considering an hourly rate, although that too will probably be excessive.
mrsangry999 is right to point out that they have not turned the field uphill into parking space. It is sorely needed as the car park, despite the huge fee, always seems to be packed.
£4 as a flat daily charge is extortionate. If (as I once did) you have a blood test appointment you might only be in the building for 15 minutes. This works out at £16 an hour. I am delighted to hear that they are considering an hourly rate, although that too will probably be excessive. mrsangry999 is right to point out that they have not turned the field uphill into parking space. It is sorely needed as the car park, despite the huge fee, always seems to be packed. davidsantamaria
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