BOSSES at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital are refusing to budge over the controversial decision to introduce parking charges for the disabled following a challenge from the town’s MP.
Andrew Griffiths has hit out at the decision, as reported by the Mail yesterday, and has stepped up a campaign to derail the policy.
Mr Griffiths has now officially launched his petition against the measures and also revealed he had written personally to Helen Ashley, the chief executive of the NHS Trust which runs Queen’s, asking her to reconsider the move.
The MP has been left outraged by the changes and believes people who count on the hospital most are being hit in the pocket.
On launching his petition, Mr Griffiths said: “I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are deeply distressed and concerned by the implications of this.
“I am extremely concerned this is going to put additional costs on those who are most likely to use the hospital on a regular basis due to the fact they are disabled.
“I have written to Helen Ashley (chief executive of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) asking her to reconsider the changes, and I hope people are going to sign this petiton to scrap the charges.
“People who are disabled are quite often on benefits, so money is quite tight anyway, so charging them up to £6 to park is completely unacceptable and must be rethought.”
The petition can be found at www.andrewgriffithsmp.com/hospitalpetition