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Hospitals: Parking

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS Trusts and (b) hospitals have acted on her Department's recommendations to provide free or reduced price parking for patients requiring regular treatment. (139805)

Under income generation rules it is for each individual national health service body to manage any car parking scheme on its premises, including what charges to impose and what concessions to offer, taking into consideration all of the relevant local factors. “Income Generation: Car Parking Charges—Best Practice for Implementation”, issued in December 2006, is intended to provide advice and support in carrying out that function. While we would expect NHS bodies to consider and take account of the recommendations set out in the document, they are not obliged to adhere to them unconditionally.

The Estates Related Information Collection database monitors some transport and car parking related activities. However, it does not monitor implementation of any of the recommendations in this best practice document. It is therefore not possible to provide the information requested.