Action wanted over hospital parking chaos
OFFICIALS running Staffordshire's biggest hospital are to be summoned to a meeting to discuss parking problems at the site.
Executives from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire will be quizzed about how the parking chaos at the Hartshill complex can be resolved.
Members of Newcastle Borough Council's health scrutiny committee have demanded the meeting after experiencing the parking chaos.
The hospital plans to add 300 spaces to its existing 1,900 by next year – but warns problems will first get worse because some old buildings need to be demolished.
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Scrutiny committee member David Loades said: "I have had to drive around for 45 minutes to park and I don't see signs of improvement.
"We need someone here not to tell us there's a problem which we know already – but how it will be tackled.
"If it takes four years fair enough but we need to be told."
The concerns come as the hospital is to increase parking charges for patients and visitors from £2 for four hours to £3. Planned new parking charges for staff are postponed until October following workers' protests.