Hospital car parking charges under the spotlight

Hospital car parking charges come under scrutiny again today, with MPs set to debate their merit in Parliament.

A campaign led by Conservative MP Robert Halfon wants hospital trusts to consider ways they can lower the cost of parking for patients' relatives.

Freedom of Information requests launched by Mr Halfon found London had the highest charges, with an average of £20 a day and more than £130 a week.

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Highest rate for first hour of parking at hospitals

According to data from Freedom of Information requests sent by MP Robert Halfon, the most expensive first hour of hospital car parking are at:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust Hereford - £3.50/one hour
  • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust - £3.30/minimum two hours
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - £3/for one hour
  • Royal Free Hospital North London - £3/for one hour
  • Mid Essex Hospital Chelmsford - £3/for 15mins to 3 hours
  • Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool - £3/for 30mins to 1 1/2 hours

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MPs put spotlight on hospital car parking charges

High prices for parking at hospitals may soon be a thing of the past, as MPs gear up to examine the controversial measure.

The most expensive hospital car parking spaces cost around £3 per hour. Credit: PA

Despite recent government guidelines in which the Health Secretary vowed to crackdown on hospital parking costs, MPs are claiming some visitors face fees of up to £500 per week.

A campaign lead by the Conservative MP Robert Halfon exposed the varying degree in cost relatives face when visiting sick loved ones.

Mr Halfon launched almost 400 Freedom of Information (FoI) requests and found London had the highest charges, with an average of £20 a day and more than £130 a week.

The lowest charges were in the East Midlands, where parking costs were £3.50 per day and £11 per week.

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