Those with the ‘greatest need’ will benefit
The government pledged to end NHS hospital car parking charges for millions of patients, relatives and staff when Boris Johnson outlined his election manifesto in November.
And further details of how thousands of NHS patients and visitors will be able to access free hospital parking was revealed today – just over a fortnight after the election.
From April, all 206 hospital trusts in England will be able to begin offering the concession in line with the government’s manifesto promise.
Those with the “greatest need” will benefit.
They include people with disabilities and NHS staff working night shifts.
Under the current arrangements, hourly charges at hospitals for parking vary between £1 and £4.
It is up to trusts to make their own car parking arrangements.
NHS hospital car parking fees were abolished in Scotland and Wales in 2008, although a small number of hospitals in Scotland still charge as they remain tied in to contracts with private companies that manage their parking facilities.
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