These charges are scandalous
By The Bristol Post | Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 05:00
FOR years I have believed hospital parking charges on the sick or a visitor is a scandal.
It's stressful enough without wondering whether you'll have to flee a love one's bedside to feed the ticket machine or if there'll be a sticker slapped on your windscreen if your appointment over runs. Worse still is not being sure how much you'll need to pay until the end of your visit, or counting the cost if you need to visit the hospital over a prolonged period.
In Scotland, Wales and parts of Ireland all but a few privately funded hospitals now offer free parking and there are growing calls for England to follow suit.
Trafford Hospital in Manchester became the first to do so in June two years ago, but few have followed its lead.
What concerns me is the cancer patients who have had a raw deal over the years over hospital car parking charges costing them many hundreds of pounds, their time should be about spending as much quality time together with no distractions at all.
Hospitals should be properly supported by the government and not have to rely on charging patients and visitors to make ends meet.
It makes a mockery of a service supposed to be free at the point of need.
D F Courtney