Anger after patients and families are forced to pay higher parking fees at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N is putting up its prices for the first time in 12 years, with both short and long stay fees affected.
Three months ago regulator NHS Improvement put the N trust in financial special measures, following an earlier predicted 32m deficit this The increase comes nine months after changes to parking charges at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, and brings the N prices up to the same level as James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, except for stays longer than seven hours. The N said money saved would be spent on patient care, maintaining the car parks, and subsidising a park and ride scheme from Costessey which costs the hospital 96,000 annually. Many online readers reacting to the story condemned the increase, though some said it was a fair decision. Among the changes, which come into force today, is a 1 increase for stays between 30 minutes to two hours and 1.50 rise for stays up to three hours. Previously stays of up to three hours cost 2. An increase of 50p will be put in place for people staying up to four and five hours. It will cost 8 to park for eight hours and 12 for eight 24 hour stays. Richard Parker, chief operating discount oakley sunglasses for men officer at the oakley o frame hospital, defended the change and said the trust's financial position meant "tough decisions" have to be made. "Having kept patient and visitor parking charges frozen for 12 years we oakley sunglasses latest model are reluctantly increasing these charges," he said. "This is to help us make vital savings in areas which do not affect patient services. "The trust is facing a challenging financial position and we have had to make some tough decisions." He said the extra income earned from the increase would go "directly" back into patient care and maintenance of the car parks. This newspaper understands that the N trust's predicted deficit has now been reduced to around 25m, following a number of savings such as the closure of the Henderson Unit at Julian Hospital in Norwich. "We hope that our visitors and patients will understand why we are making these changes," Mr Parker added. "The increases we are having to make now are in line both with other local NHS trusts and the Department of Health's guidance." Reader Donald Clark, 63, of Hickling, said: "I was at the N a couple of weeks ago. My appointment was at 2pm, but I waited two hours and 15 minutes to be seen. "So if they want to increase oakley half x the charges they should get their timing sorted out. "I don't see why I should be charged extra for sitting in their waiting rooms through no fault of my own." And reader Shanice Oakley, 23, of Hethersett, who said she uses the hospital at least three times a week, said: "I think the costs are ridiculous and if people have appointments they shouldn't be charged. "My appointments only take 15 minutes, but the waiting time can be at least three hours." Another reader, Michael Pitt, said: "As someone who has to attend the hospital for outpatient appointments I feel aggrieved about these increased parking charges. There has been no consultation." However South Norfolk resident Bernard Webb said: "I have parked there regularly since 2008. It's quite understandable, and I'm very surprised it has been so low for so long." How do the changes compare to other hospitals? The changes to the N parking charges means patients and families will pay the same fees as those in place at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.
The only difference is that the James Paget charges 6.50 for stays between four and 24 hours. This is cheaper for stays of more than seven hours at the N which will cost 8 for eight hours or more, and 12 for 12 hours or more.
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