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Hospital Parking Charges (Cheshire)

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

The Petition of residents of Northwich, and others,

Declares that the car parking charges of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at Victoria Infirmary, Northwich are excessive and represent a charge on people accessing National Health Services.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take whatever action possible to require the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to remove the unfair car parking charges at Victoria Infirmary, Northwich.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. Mike Hall, Official Report, 1 July 2009; Vol. 495, c. 439 .]

[P000387]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

The provision of car parking is the responsibility of local NHS organisations, which take into account differing local circumstances. In England, hospital car parking charges are decided locally by individual NHS organisations to cover the cost of running and maintaining a ear park.

I have been informed that the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is already aware of the petition, and has issued a press release to clarify its position on this important matter.