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.