EVERY single time I take my father to Solihull Hospital I am furious about the parking charges and I have sent this letter to Dr Mark Goldman, the health trust’s chief executive officer:
I’ve no doubt you have lots of moans from people about this extortion but my annoyance was particularly triggered the other day. My father is 95 nd I regularly bring him to Solihull Hospital. He also attends the Hearing Services unit at Warwick Hospital.
When I can, I park in the car park bays for the disabled, otherwise I drop him off at outpatients and park the car. A ticket costs £2 for one hour and £3 for two hours.
When we visit Warwick Hospital, the disabled bays by the side of the service road are free to blue badge holders. However, I normally park in one of the disabled slots in the main car park for easy access to outpatients. When I do this I take my car park ticket along with my father’s blue badge and I am given a fresh ticket which allows access out of the car park free of charge. The Alexandra Hospital in Redditch has the same policy for blue badge holders.
I realised last week just how much further disabled patients are discriminated against at Solihull Hospital when I myself needed to attend. On each occasion I managed to get back to the car park within 15 minutes which meant I had no parking costs. This would be utterly impossible for anyone who is disabled enough to warrant a blue badge.
I would be grateful if you would give this matter some careful consideration especially as two local hospitals have a much kinder car parking policy for disabled patients.
Diana Ellis, via e-mail.