Press Release: Residents launch campaign to reinstate free disabled parking at Kingston Hospital, branding charges ‘a disgrace’

Monday 8th January 2018, Kingston Hospital: The Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG) have today launched a campaign to reinstate free parking at Kingston Hospital for blue badge holders, branding proposed changes by the NHS Trust a ‘disgrace’.

Councillor Mary Clark, the KIRG group leader, who sits on the Health Scrutiny Panel, stated:

“This is yet another example of the establishment picking on easy targets. Blue badge holders are the primary users of hospitals and it’s picking on the vulnerable because they are the ones that visit the most.

“These changes are a disgrace, and must be reversed. We will end up with gridlock on Galsworthy Road where blue badge holders will legally park on the double yellow lines, and a situation where those who desperately need to go into hospital may not for fear of cost.”

The residents’ party have launched a petition to Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, calling upon the trust to immediately reinstate free parking for all blue badge holders.

The full text of the petition reads: “We, the undersigned, hereby call upon Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital

Councillor David Fraser, who is also a prospective KIRG candidate, sits on the Health Scrutiny Panel and is playing a key role in encouraging residents to sign the petition to support the most vulnerable in Kingston.

Councillor Mary Clark has called upon Councillor Rowena Bass, Chair of the Health Scrutiny Panel, to call an extraordinary meeting to address the changes in parking provision at the hospital.
Residents are encouraged to sign the petition at www.kingstonindependents.org.uk, before the changes come into effect on the 22nd January.

One Reply to “Press Release: Residents launch campaign to reinstate free disabled parking at Kingston Hospital, branding charges ‘a disgrace’”

  1. ALEXANDRA SINCLAIR

    I have only recently found out about Blue Badge parking charges. In the last 6 months, all my appointments have been at Fulham ~Royal Marsden Hospital. I now have to attend the Oncology clinic fir my early stage Blood Cancer. Blue Badge holders cannot walk. I cannot get a bus, as it is too far to walk from the bus stop. I have relied so heavily on friends in recent months, I do not want to put n them any more that necessary. I cannot get a taxi. I am not rich, but I cannot afford taxis and I cannot have help with transport costs because I am not on the right benefits, I drive a Motobility car, that shows I have jumped through all the DWP hoops. My disability is not going to improve or get better. Had I been 3 months older, I would have kept my indefinite DLA award.
    Shame on Kingston Hospital. The land for the car park belongs to the NHS. It is for people who need to attend the hospital. They have handed over the running of the car park to a private company and, from the photographs, the CEO has a fabulous house and garden. He obviously makes a lot of money out of it.
    .The comments I saw about the traffic jams in Galsworthy Road are very real. I do not doubt that Kingston Hospital will be making representations to Kingston Council to have no parking, no waiting and no loading marks painted on the pavements that will prevent Blue Badge holders from, parking outside the hospital. The jams are very real and may at some stage prevent an ambulance from getting into the hospital as quickly as it might.
    One day, those responsible for this decision or members of their family will be old, sick and perhaps disabled. I hope they are able to rest easy at night.

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