15 March 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the story that more than one in four hospital trusts have increased car parking charges for patients and visitors.
Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“This is scandalous news that some hospital trusts are raising revenue by increasing hospital parking charges. Charging patients for using hospital car parks is a tax on illness. We are concerned that this will impact on cancer patients, who already spend so much on travelling to hospital.
“Cancer is an expensive condition and patients shouldn’t be penalised for accessing the treatment they need. Public transport is generally not an option as they are undergoing gruelling treatment. They can’t sit on three buses and spend hours getting home.
“Macmillan Cancer Support believes that charging cancer patients for parking at hospital is wrong. We want every hospital in England to comply with the Government’s guidance to provide free or concessionary parking for patients travelling regularly to hospital for treatment.”
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