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Hospital parking charges to be looked at under new guidelines

10:15 25 August 2014

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. Pictured: the main car park.
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. Pictured: the main car park. Copy: For: EDP News

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Hospital parking charges are set to be reviewed across Norfolk and west Suffolk after the government announced new guidelines.

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Under reforms, relatives of chronically ill patients must be given free or cheap hospital parking, and trusts should waive fines when an overstay is beyond the control of the driver, such as treatment taking longer than planned.

Patients with disabilities and those with frequent appointments as well as staff working shifts will also benefit from the shake-up, according to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

He said new guidelines for English hospitals had been drawn up to put an end to the stress of “unfair” charges. They set out for the first time that hospital trusts are responsible for the actions of any privately contracted firms they use to run their car parking operations.

It also calls on hospitals to look at introducing pay on exit systems so that people only pay for the time they have used.

Mr Hunt said: “Patients and families shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress of unfair parking charges.

“These clear ground rules set out our expectations, and will help the public hold the NHS to account for unfair charges or practices.”

Shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne said: “The Tory-led Government scrapped Labour’s plans to phase out car parking charges for patients and Jeremy Hunt needs to take responsibility for the fact that, since then, one in four hospitals have increased parking fees.

“Any action to ease the burden of car parking charges on patients and their visitors is welcome. ”

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds could not be reached for comment.

Do you have a health story? Email adam.gretton@archant.co.uk

5 comments

  • I did forget to add that my previous comment referred to the JPH.

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    loco

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • It states in the report that patients and families should not have to deal with the added stress of parking charges. How about adding the amount of money staff pay into the car park kitty our do they not count. Could the chairman offer concessionary parking for the hard working frontline staff.

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    loco

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Do not just look at charges ...reduce them to 50p an hour ...Just goes to prove how bad our local MP is and MPs in general... These charges should never have be allowed in the first place. It has been a total free for all ..with UK hospitals charging what they can get away with..... for many years.... Totally motivated GREED AND GORLESTON SEAFRONT AND SUPERMARKETS HAVE FREE PARKING.... So I wonder why JP Hospital feels the need to RIP OFF visitors under stress coming to see loved ones who are unwell.... Sadly UK laws allow such GREED against the public in so many ways.... as they say never TRUST AN MP

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    Lionel

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • How is it that even fairly customer-unfriendly incompetent organisations like airports, railway stations and even local councils can manage to install pay on exit car park systems yet it's too difficult for hospitals?

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    Norfolk and Good

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • The charges at the JPH have all gone up by 10p on the figures quoted. The Chairman doesn`t seem to know what is going on at his hospital which is a bit worrying.

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    BG

    Monday, August 25, 2014

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