Parking charges help services

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I read with interest the recent newsletter from the Tory candidate Glenn Hall about his campaign to scrap parking charges at Rake Lane Hospital.

As a nurse, I know parking charges are not popular with patients, visitors or the people who work at the hospital.

However, the money from parking charges pays for the upkeep of car parks but most of it goes into frontline patient services.

I would like to know if the Government would make up the shortfall if the Trust no longer had any income from parking charges? If it won’t, how does Glenn Hall intend to protect frontline services or will I and some of my colleagues end up paying with our jobs?

Jill Green

Shiremoor