‘A slap in the face’: Anger a rise in cost of parking at Ninewells Hospital

The cost of annual staff permits at Ninewells is to increase to £436.80.
The cost of annual staff permits at Ninewells is to increase to £436.80.

Patients, visitors and staff at Ninewells Hospital will be hit with increased parking charges in 2018, it has been revealed.

Indigo Parking, which runs the car parks at the Dundee site, will increase the cost of the staff annual permit from £416.40 to £436.80 and the monthly permit from £34.70 to £36.40.

The daily and short stay charges will both rise from £2.20 to £2.30.

The move, which will take effect from January 24, has been condemned by Bill Bowman, Conservative MSP for the North East.

He said: “Any increase in parking charges at Ninewells is a miserly way to start 2018.

“Visitors and staff members on limited incomes are already held captive by an agreement the government has done nothing to renegotiate.

“This will also be a slap in the face for hard-working employees who rely on a car and have no other option but to pay a yearly hike.

“They also risk fines and court appearances if unavoidably detained on duty.”

Ninewells is one of only three hospitals in Scotland where people still have to pay to park.

The Scottish Government scrapped charges elsewhere in 2008 but said lengthy private finance initiative contracts at the Dundee site, as well as at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, were too costly to buy out.

Three Ninewells nurses were ordered to pay more than £4,000 in parking fines to Indigo in September.

An Indigo Parking spokesman said: “This planned increase is stipulated in our contract with NHS Tayside and is based on RPI (retail price index) increases.”