"Northumbria healthcare nhs foundation trust parking scam"
About: North Tyneside General Hospital North Tyneside General Hospital North Shields NE29 8NH Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust North Shields NE29 8NH Wansbeck Hospital Wansbeck Hospital Ashington NE63 9JJ
Posted by Chesters55 (as ),
I cannot believe that the trust is supporting the harassment of patients and visitors by parking (mis) management company Parking Eye. All they are doing is issuing unenforceable fines and penalties to people who are often already distressed.
I repeat that these fines are unenforceable and encourage anyone who reads this and has received one to follow the excellent advice available on the forums of the pepipoo and moneysavingexpert websites.
The penalties being issued are for £70. There are answers elsewhere on this site which incorporate the following as reasons for employing Parking Eye:
"One of the main reasons for the introduction of Parking Eye, was to remove the need for the replacement of existing payment and barrier machines which we estimate will save around £70,000... "
I would ask a couple of questions -
1 who do you think is paying for this now? (I realise not barriers, but the cameras and associated equipment)
My suggestion would be that patients and visitors are paying the price by being issued with fines and penalty notices by Parking Eye.
2 do you believe that the fines being issued in any way represent a fair charge, in that they are £70?
3 can you explain the rational behind the £70 figure for these penalties - how is it arrived at in the first instance?
You should note that an answer that transfers responsibility to Parking eye is not acceptable as they are acting as agents of the trust and therefore as and on behalf of.
There is also a requirement to register cars in which a disabled visitor or patient might travel. I believe that there is a very real possibility that this breaches the Equality Act 2010 which provides that you mustn't discriminate against disabled people and their carers - requiring that they register appears to be discrimination to me.
Let's say I register my vehicle for this scheme as I sometimes take my mother to hospital appointments. How does the system know when I next arrive for my own appointment that I am or am not exempt from parking charges?