asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they have evidence that hospitals are implementing the Government's recommendation, as set out in Income Generation: Car Parking Charges—Best Practice for Implementation in December 2006, that patients requiring regular treatment should be offered free or reduced price car parking; what steps they are taking to monitor implementation by hospitals of all variable charging recommendations; and what impact the updated guidance will have in improving the number of hospitals offering car parking concessions for patients requiring regular treatment. [HL2718]
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. The document Income Generation: Car Parking Charges—Best Practice for Implementation is intended to provide advice and support in carrying out that function. Whilst I 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 (ERIC) 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.