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Hospitals: Parking

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct hospital trusts not to charge for hospital car parking for out-patients. (253423)

Car parking arrangements, including charges, are a matter for individual national health service bodies, based on their own local circumstances. However, guidance from the Department to support trusts in implementing parking policies, issued in December 2006, strongly recommends NHS bodies to provide free or discounted car parking to those patients and their relatives or primary visitors who have to use the car park regularly. The Department reminded NHS bodies of this in November 2008.