The hidden cost of hospital car parking
For the first time, Macmillan research has revealed the full cost of hospital parking in England. While some hospitals offer free parking to cancer patients, others charge up to £3 an hour for parking.
Order a campaign pack and find out how you can challenge costs in your area.
New guidelines issued
The Department of Health has issued new guidelines advising hospitals to offer concessions, including free or reduced charges or caps for people with disabilities such as cancer. These expectations will help the public hold the NHS to account for unfair charges or practices.
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What's the average daily cost of hospital parking in England?
What's the problem?
We surveyed hospital trusts in England to find out about their parking policies - and found huge variations. Cancer patients face a lottery in the price of hospital parking and the availability of discounts.
Despite government guidance stating that hospitals should offer free or reduced parking to cancer patients, many still face the burden of these costs. Macmillan is campaigning for all hospitals to remove car parking charges for cancer patients.
Read our report on car parking charges to find out more. You can download the report [PDF] here, or visit be.Macmillan to order a hard copy.
The average daily cost of using a hospital car park is £7.66, but the situation is a lottery. Some hospitals offer completely free parking, while others charge anything from £2 to £24 a day
Despite government guidance, 59% of hospitals in England are still charging at least some cancer patients to use the car park
Almost 10% of hospitals in England have ignored government guidance completely and continue to charge cancer patients the full price for parking.
What can I do?
If your hospital is still charging cancer patients to park, write to them and send them our report.
We can email you a campaign pack including a template letter to your hospital and a copy of our hospital parking report.
If you're living with cancer and struggling with the cost of hospital parking, the Macmillan team is here to make sure you don't face it alone.
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