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Last Updated: Monday, 4 April, 2005, 08:30 GMT 09:30 UK
Concern at hospital parking plans
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Several groups have attacked the charges plan
A disabled group has criticised plans to introduce parking fees at two Leicester hospitals.

The UK Disabled People's Parliament said the move would force disabled people to use public transport.

It claims buses and bus stops near Leicester General and Glenfield hospitals are not suitable for people who are blind or wheelchair users.

The Leicestershire University Hospitals NHS Trust said there was Blue Badge parking available for disabled people.

But it added it would investigate the organisation's claims.

No meetings

Paul Southwood, from the UK Disabled People's Parliament, said: "If you go back to 2003 they actually appointed a travel officer to sort this problem out.

"Nothing has been done. How much did they pay for that officer to try to sort the problem out?

"I talk to bus companies and, going back two years ago, they were hoping to get a meeting with hospitals and they didn't come off."

A fee-charging system is already in place at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The NHS trust said there were 36 free disabled car parking spaces at the site, while Blue Badge parking was free at both the General and Glenfield hospitals.

It said in a statement: "The trust endeavours to make public transport as accessible as possible to visitors at all three sites and the trust takes very seriously the concerns that have been raised.

"We will investigate the concerns and are contributing to the development of the local transport plan."




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