Hospital parking fees are set to end in Scotland as deals have been reached in Glasgow and Dundee
Hospital parking charges are set to end in Scotland after agreements are reached to buy back car parks in Glasgow and Dundee operated through Private Finance Initiative (PFI) programs.
Negotiations are also progressing to take over the last remaining PFI car park at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, with an agreement expected to be reached in the coming months.
Charges have been suspended at the three PFI hospitals since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agreements to take charge of the car parks by the State will make it possible to perpetuate this movement.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf believes this shows the Scottish government is “determined” to ensure that charges do not return to any PFI site in Scotland.
He said: “I am delighted to announce that these facilities will fall into public hands and help gradually eliminate the legacy of PFI in hospital car parks in Scotland.
‘We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our NHS staff for their heroic efforts throughout the pandemic and this will ensure that, with patients and visitors using our hospitals, they will not be faced with the prospect of a return of parking fees.
“There are no parking fees at hospitals after this Scottish government secured an agreement to suspend them at the three PFI sites at the start of the pandemic. Fees at other NHS car parks had already been lifted by this government.
“This announcement shows that we are determined to ensure that they do not return to any PFI sites in Scotland. Discussions are progressing well with the owners of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh site and I hope to reach an agreement in due course. as this progresses we will keep the hospital parking free until final agreement is reached. “
The Scottish Government has funded the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to finalize the buyout of the PFI parking contract from Glasgow Royal Infirmary for £ 26.3million, taking over the facility.
A similar deal has been made for NHS Tayside to buy out the PFI parking contract at Ninewells in Dundee for £ 9million.
The respective health boards now control the parking lots and manage them in accordance with government policy.