Hospital parking reforms 'to help patients, relatives and staff'

Relatives of chronically ill patients will be given free or cheap parking at English hospitals new guidelines announced by the Government.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the new rules would end the stress of "unfair" charges.

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Labour: 1 in 4 hospitals have hiked parking fees

Labour have attacked the government over hospital car parking fees despite new plans to reduce charges for relatives of chronically ill patients.

The Tory-led Government scrapped Labour's plans to phase out car parking charges for patients and Jeremy Hunt needs to take responsibility for the fact that, since then, one in four hospitals have increased parking fees.

– Shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne

Tory MP: We need to scrap hospital car park charges

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.

In the long term I think we need to scrap hospital car parking charges completely because they are a stealth tax.

It was never envisaged that people with cars should be subsidising the NHS.

The stories that we've had of people not being able to use the machines so they haven't been able to see their dying relatives is quite horrific and we have to make a change.

– Conservative MP Robert Halfon

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Patients 'shouldn't endure unfair parking charges'

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.

Patients and families shouldn't have to deal with the added stress of unfair parking charges.

These clear ground rules set out our expectations, and will help the public hold the NHS to account for unfair charges or practices.

– Jeremy Hunt

Hospital parking reformed to 'end unfair charges'

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.

Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to reform hospital parking rules. Credit: PA Wire

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.

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