Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Cambridge Evening News

Addenbrooke's cashing in on parking.
Addenbrooke's Hospital raked in £1.9 from car parking charges last year, it has been revealed. The hospital was the third biggest
earner in the country in the 2005/ 06 financial year. Patient groups branded the charges a
scandal and said it was a tax on the sick, while unions warned further increases could be just around the corner. Michael Summers, of the Patients' Association, said the current situation
was a "scandal" and called on the Government to issue new guidelines on parking charges. He added: "To make it worse hospital staff are being charged to go to work."
Unions were also unhappy about the charges. Jonathan Yule, branch secretary, said
the staff parking fees hit some of the lowest paid at the hospital hardest.