Hospital parking fees slammed

Campaigners have issued a fresh call for car parking charges at hospitals to be scrapped. They say it places an 'unfair' pressure on people already suffering with illness. Birmingham Women's NHS Trust charges patients and visitors £2.70 an hour.

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Fresh call for hospital parking fees to be axed

Campaigners in the Midlands have issued a fresh call for parking charges at hospitals to be scrapped, claiming it is 'unfair' to place an extra burden on people and families already suffering with illness.

A report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveals the average cost of parking at a hospital is £1.15 per hour - but some, including Midland hospitals, charge much more than this.

Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust charges £2.70 per hour.

It comes after Coventry University Hospital lifted a cap on the amount of money it could demand from people for parking earlier this year.

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There's anger tonight after it emerged that patients with chronic conditions could be paying more for parking after a Midlands hospital lifted a one hundred and fifty pound cap on charges for frequent visitors.

Patients and campaigners say it's unacceptable that the most vulnerable are being targeted once again but hospital bosses have defended their decision blaming the tough financial climate. Michael Sibert has the story.

Patients Association on hospital parking charges

The Patients Association say hospital parking charges hit the elderly hardest.

Charges hit patients hard – particularly elderly people or those who are vulnerable and unable to use public transport. Also affected will be those with chronic conditions that mean they go to hospital regularly. It’s the last thing patients, relatives and carers need.

– Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of The Patients Association

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