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Labour have attacked the government over hospital car parking fees despite new plans to reduce charges for relatives of chronically ill patients.
Conservative MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the introduction of free or cheap hospital parking for relatives of chronically ill patients - but has called for charges to be scrapped altogether.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said hospital patients and their families should not have to deal with "unfair" parking charges.
Mr Hunt has previously spoken of his concern about parking fees at some hospital, following calls from Conservative backbenchers to end the "rip-off" costs.
Relatives of chronically ill patients will be given free or cheap hospital parking under new guidelines announced by the Government.
Patients with disabilities, those who have regular appointments and staff working shifts will also benefit from the changes, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.
Hospitals will more responsible for the actions of privately funded firms used to run parking operations, under the reforms which will also advise trusts to introduce pay on exit systems to help patients.
Trusts will also be expected to waive fines if a driver's parking limit overruns because treatment took longer than planned.
Mr Hunt said the new rules for English hospitals would put an end to the stress of "unfair" charges.