A consultation has been launched on how to provide fairer hospital car parking to patients. A number of options have been proposed. Have your say on the proposals before 23 February 2010.
The consultation outlines a number of ways to provide fairer hospital car parking to patients.
For inpatients, these include:
* free parking for visitors of all inpatients
* free parking only for people visiting inpatients who have had a long stay in hospital
For outpatients, the options include:
* free parking for outpatients who need to attend a series of appointments
* placing a cap on charges for priority outpatient groups who attend regular hospital appointments
Each inpatient would receive a permit for the length of their stay, which family and friends can use.
Options looking at providing better subsidised charges for priority outpatient groups, such as cancer patients and those attending multiple outpatient appointments, would also be phased in over the next three years.
Health Secretary Andy Burnham said: ""People in hospital are often at a low point in their lives - emotionally and financially - and high parking charges can add to stress or limit visits from family and friends. "
""I want to hear people's views on how we get this balance right, both from patients and from staff working in the NHS.""
Have your say
The eight week consultation will close on 23 February 2010.
To read the full consultation document and to download a consultation response form, follow the link below.
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/L ... /DH_110557
Response forms can be submitted by email to:
You can also send them by post to:
NHS Car Parking Consultation
Gateway Review and Estates and Facilities Division (GREFD)
Department of Health
Leeds LS2 7UE
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