Patients charged £4 to park at hospitals
Patients and their relatives are being charged as much as £4 per hour to park at hospitals, according to figures released on Tuesday.
The Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust charges £4 an hour for parking, which is more than three times the national average.
The £4 charge for patient and visitor parking at the Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust is more than three times the national average of £1.15 per hour.
A further four hospitals charge £3 per hour for parking, including the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Rates in London were particularly high, with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust both charging £3 per hour, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust charging £2.50.
Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed that at 15 hospitals in England parking costs more than £2 per hour, while at dozens of other sites – along with those in much of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – the service is free.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “Patients who have to attend hospital regularly or for long periods of time have a fundamental right to fair and appropriate car parking concessions, and we expect hospital trusts to provide them.”