Labour today announces that it will abolish hospital car parking fees that will benefit thousands of people who pay to park at Derriford hospital.
Luke Pollard, Labour’s candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
"As anyone who has had to rush to Derriford knows the last thing on your mind when you are worried about your parent or your child is whether you have the right change for the ticket machine or enough in your bank to pay for it. The NHS funding gaps should not be filled by charging sick patients, anxious relatives and already hard-pressed staff to park. Scrapping car parking charges is good news for Plymouth and shows that, unlike the Tories, only Labour puts patients, their families and NHS staff first.”
Sue Dann, Labour’s candidate in Plymouth Moor View said:
"Derriford Is not just our local hospital it's our regional centre of excellence treating people who have to go back time after time. When a family is struggling coping with an ill relative it feels like an insult to be hit in the pocket as well. Abolishing hospital parking charges means you won't have to pay when you're sick and neither will your family."
Labour’s plans would cost £162m, to be paid for by increasing Insurance Premium Tax on holders of private insurance from the current level of 12%, up to 20%. This mirrors Labour's plan to provide free school meals for all primary school children by charging VAT on private school fees.