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In 2013 we released a report looking at the situation in England. We found huge variations, with some hospitals offering free parking and others charging up to £3 an hour.
We wanted to see action to tackle car parking fees for cancer patients attending hospital for life saving treatment.
Cancer patients will often need to make frequent trips to hospital for treatment, and unaffordable charges are leaving many out of pocket.
What we achieved
Thanks to you, we had some success across the UK, and most hospitals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland now offer free parking for cancer patients.
In England, despite government guidance stating that hospitals should offer free or reduced parking to cancer patients, some still face having to pay extortionate parking charges in order to access treatment. Patients can also face huge variations in cost depending on which hospital they attend.
If this is an issue in your area, why not email your MP and ask them to raise it with the local hospital trusts, who decide on parking charges.
- Read our report revealing the costs behind the illness, Cancer's Hidden Price Tag [PDF].
- Find out more about our campaign to make money one less worry for people with cancer.
- Get information and support to help cope with the cost of cancer.
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, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009