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Hospitals: Parking

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to abolish hospital car park charges in England for cancer patients; (242999)

(2) if he will direct hospital trusts not to charge for hospital car parking for cancer patients.

The provision of car parking and the setting of appropriate car parking charges are decided by individual trusts, taking into account different local operating circumstances.

Guidelines issued by the Department to support trusts to implement parking policies does advise that trusts should have schemes in place to ensure that patients and carers who visit hospital regularly are not disadvantaged. These schemes may include charging exemptions, concessionary or capped rates. Cancer patients in particular should benefit from these schemes.