Hospital parking charge increases are ‘beyond disgusting’

Shropshire-based MEP Jill Seymour has called for an urgent investigation into the huge rise in parking charges being introduced at the county’s two main hospitals.

She described the inflation-busting increases at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals as ‘beyond disgusting’.

From November 1, the price of parking up to two hours will rise 20% to £3, up to three hours will rise 33% to £4, and up to four hours will go up £66% to £5.

Worst of all, the cost of parking for up to five hours will double to £6 at the Telford and Shrewsbury sites, and the bill for up to 24 hours will rocket by 128% to £8.

Mrs Seymour said: “The hospitals trust cannot be allowed to get away with this disgraceful tax on the sick, their families and friends.

“With inflation currently running at just 3%, these huge price rises are totally unacceptable.

“I’m calling for a serious investigation by local authorities – councillors from all parties need to stand together to prevent these hospitals from punishing people at what is already a hugely stressful time.

“These outrageous price rises should be withdrawn until a full inquiry has been held.”