Free hospital car parking extended

Tuesday May 19th 2020

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Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced an extension to free car parking at PFI hospital car parks in Scotland after successful talks with owners.

Staff, visitors and patients at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital in Dundee will continue to access free car parking until the end of September 2020. This follows Ms Freeman’s announcement in March that parking charges at these hospitals would be suspended for an initial period of three months.

Ms Freeman said:

“I want to once again thank all our health and social care staff for their ongoing extraordinary efforts as we face this pandemic. Because of them, the NHS remains open. The staff of the NHS should not experience any unnecessary difficulties whilst they continue to go above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the end of March, I confirmed car park providers at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital HAD agreed to remove car parking charges for staff, visitors and patients for three months, and I’m pleased to announce this provision will be extended for a further three months until the end of September.

“Our health and safety are their top priorities, and so it’s important we remove any barriers that get in their way.”

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