The company which operates parking facilities at Ninewells Hospital has refused to explain in detail its decision to hike fees – despite public pressure to freeze them.
The Tele’s Freeze the Fees campaign is calling for Indigo Infra Dundee Ltd to keep the facility’s parking prices at levels set in November last year until at least next November.
It follows Indigo’s announcement that it plans to raise parking fees from next month for the third year running – with the cost of a single visit going from £2.30 to £2.40, and staff permit costs also going up.
The Tele was contacted by a reader this week to say that Indigo had claimed in an email to her that the fees were set by NHS Tayside.
However, the health board insists Indigo sets the fees, which are then signed off by health chiefs as part of the contract between the two.
Both parties say the prices are reviewed in line with the retail price index, which measures the change in cost of retail goods and services.
But when it was suggested to Indigo that the rate at which fees had risen was higher than both RPI and inflation, Indigo said it would not be commenting further.
A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said fees were reviewed annually through the contract – which is set to run for another decade.
She added: “When Indigo advises NHS Tayside of any proposed changes to parking charges, these are reviewed by NHS Tayside to ensure they meet the contractual obligations before they are implemented.”
Margaret Watt, who retired recently as honorary chairwoman of the Scottish Patients’ Association, branded the rise “disgusting”.
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