BATLEY and Spen candidate Tracy Brabin has thrown her support behind Labour’s plans to scrap charges at hospital car parks.
Labour claim that the policy would cost £162 million and would be paid for by an increased tax on private health insurance premiums.
Ms Brabin said it was ‘alarming’ that some NHS staff, including nurses, are paying up to £100 a month for car parking.
At Dewsbury and District Hospital, parking charges start at £2 for the first hour and rise to £6.90 for 24 hours.
Ms Brabin said: “If you’re sick or an anxious relative visiting an unwell loved one, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether you can afford the parking.
“That’s why I know scrapping these charges will be a welcome relief to many in our community and I’m backing this pledge 100 per cent.
“I understand hospitals are struggling financially due to chronic underfunding by the Conservative Government, but that burden shouldn’t fall on you. I also know some of our heroic NHS staff, including nurses, really struggle with these charges, especially when their work involves moving around more than one hospital.”