Some cancer patients in England are still paying extortionate hospital car parking charges in order to access treatment. Patients are also facing huge variations in cost depending which hospital they attend. We want to see free car parking offered to all cancer patients attending hospital for life saving treatment.
Most hospitals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland offer free parking for cancer patients.
'I was going back and forth to hospital for tests and my husband would have to keep running out and topping up the meter' - Charmaine
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. While some hospitals offer free parking to cancer patients, others charge up to £3 an hour for parking.
Despite government guidance stating that hospitals should offer free or reduced parking to cancer patients, many still face the burden of these costs. We are calling on all hospitals to remove car parking charges for cancer patients.
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Charmaine was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009
'I was going back and forth to hospital for tests and my husband would have to keep running out and topping up the meter. When you are going through such a huge ordeal, this is the last thing you want to think about but money ends up being your biggest worry.'
The Department of Health has issued 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. Read our press release.
Despite this guidance, many still face the burden of these costs. Nearly 60% of hospitals in England are still charging at least some cancer patients to use the car park and almost 10% of hospitals in England have ignored this guidance completely and continue to charge cancer patients the full price for parking.
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.
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We surveyed all NHS trusts in England who provide acute adult cancer services to find out about the car parking policies at their hospital sites. This revealed huge variations in the price and availability of concessions for cancer patients in England.
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