Kingston Hospital’s plans to introduce car park charges for disabled patients and visitors this month have been roundly condemned by Kingston & Surbiton Labour Party as discriminatory and heartless.
This charge, applying to all disabled residents holding blue badges will be implemented from 22 January 2018.
Kingston Labour Group Leader Cllr Linsey Cottington said: “Kingston Hospital is putting profit before patient care and is hitting many of the most vulnerable people the hardest with charges anywhere from £2 an hour up to £10 a day either as a patient or a visitor.”
Cllr Cottington added: “Labour has pledged that the next Labour government will make parking free for all patients, visitors and NHS staff at all hospitals in England and will pay for it by raising insurance tax on private healthcare to 20%.”
“But right now we have a local problem that needs to be dealt with urgently and we will be working with disability groups in Kingston to challenge this unfair increase in charges to some of the oldest and most poorly residents in the area.
Our hospitals are all struggling from Tory imposed underfunding but the sick and the elderly should not be expected to pay for needed improvements to the hospital’s car park that the hospital is promising!”
The Kingston and Surbiton CLP will continue to defend the NHS as a public service.
Local Labour candidates confirmed for the council elections in May 2018 are (in alphabetical order):
- Simon Ayre
- Emma Francis
- Laurie South
- Phil Bevin
- Linsey Cottington
- Liz Meerabeau
- Kezia Coleman