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Hospital car park charges frozen

Car parking charges at two of Glasgow’s biggest hospitals have been frozen after more than 5,000 people signed a petition against them.

The scheme to impose charges of up to £7 on parking at the Stobhill and Southern General hospitals was postponed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde after the petition was taken to MSPs.

The health board has already brought in the parking charges at other hospitals in Glasgow, including Gartnavel Hospital in the west end of the city.

Chris Paterson, ward manager at the Gartnavel high dependency unit, took the petition to Holyrood and urged MSPs to impose new guidance over parking charges, particularly for staff members at the hospitals.

“In reality this is an expensive, unworkable, unsafe and stressful situation for many, many thousands of people in Glasgow,” she said.

The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee has now said it will raise the concerns over the planned charges with health secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

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