Hospital Parking

Charges to be dropped after AA Campaign

30 September 2009

Hospital car parking charges for in-patients are to be phased out over the next three years, Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, announced today after a campaign by the Automobile Association.

Parking permits to allow friends and relatives to visit for free are to be introduced.

Edmund King, the President of the AA, said: "We welcome the plans to scrap hospital car parking charges for inpatients as this is something we called for early last year. Parking charges are often a tax on the sick. There seems to be a kind of hospital parking apartheid when it comes to long-term sufferers in England compared to patients in Scotland and Wales who get free parking.

"However, the Government also needs to address the needs of out-patients, as the costs soon add up for cancer sufferers undergoing chemotherapy on a day-patient basis. We also feel that clamping should be outlawed in hospital car parks as patients often do not know how long they will have to wait for treatment.

"Also, due to the risk of infection, many sufferers are unable to use public transport. All long-term sufferers should get parking concessions."

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02 October 2009