The campaign so far
Thanks to you, we’ve had some success across the UK but we still need your help to scrap these charges for good in England.
As a result of Macmillan’s campaign, most hospitals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland offer free parking for cancer patients. But the situation in England is still a lottery.
Despite government guidance stating that hospitals should offer free or reduced parking to cancer patients, many still face the burden of these costs.
Some hospitals offer completely free parking, while others charge up to £3 an hour. We would like to see free car parking offered to all cancer patients attending hospital for regular treatment.
The government has left it up to hospital trusts to decide their own parking charges. If your hospital is still charging cancer patients to park, write to them and send them our report. Our campaign pack has all the resources you need to take action.
Hospital parking has been free in Wales since April 2008, except where Health Boards have external contracts in place. By 2011 most hospitals in Wales had stopped charging for car parking. However a report by the BBC Watchdog program in November 2012 found that two health boards, the Hywel Dda Health Board and the Cardiff & Vale Health Board, still had car parks which charged.
Parking is free for chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients.
Parking is free except for at three Private Finance Initiative hospitals in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.