Glasgow MSP lobbies for hospital parking fee abolition

A Glasgow MSP is lobbying for charges in NHS hospital car parks across Scotland to be scrapped.

Labour MSP Paul Martin, the representative for Springburn, is seeking cross-party support for a movement which would see parking become free at sites such as Glasgow Infirmary.

The campaign has so far received the backing of health unions and 34 Labour MSPs, but requires the signature of at least one member of a different party ahead of an October 2nd deadline to take the bill forward.

Mr Martin has described the fees as a “hassle” which hospital visitors could do without and stated that the situation compares unfavourably to a number of privately-owned health care facilities which do not charge for parking.

He said: “It is a sad reflection that people who are being cared for in hospital and their families have to pay to park.”

Earlier this month, the Evening Times reported that Glasgow City Council is to offer free car parking to motorists at a number of the city’s biggest multi-storey facilities in the run-up to Christmas.

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