To: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Stop charging health staff for parking
Free parking for health staff at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals and cancel staff fines.
Why is this important?
Health staff have been subject to years of pay freezes but parking charges are an extra tax on their wages. Public transport simply isn’t an option for many shift workers, who would be forced to travel late at night or early in the morning.
In Colchester, this tax is due to treble in the New Year, while staff in Ipswich are already paying more than their colleagues in Essex.
Shift work means public transport isn’t an option unless health workers get buses in the middle of the night or very early in the morning.
Since a new parking system was introduced at Colchester, the whole situation has been a mess for staff and patients, with long queues to get in and out.
Community staff have only been given a 30 minute grace period to drop equipment, blood and pick up drugs - many of these staff have already received £70 fines. The unions requested two months ago for the grace period to be increased.
UNISON and the Royal College of Midwives have also warned that babies will be born in Colchester’s car park as there is no drop-off area for women in labour. Women are having to walk from the main car park over to the maternity wing or be dropped off by their partners who then risk getting a fine if they don't go and move their car after 30 minutes.