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Pressure over hospital parking charges

1st January 2009

England remains the only country in the UK where cancer patients are charged to park their cars while receiving hospital treatment.

Scotland abolished NHS hospital car parking charges for cancer patients from 1 January, following a similar moved by Wales in April 2008, and Northern Ireland in May 2008. Car parking earned almost £112m for the NHS in England in 2007/08. Macmillan Cancer Support says the average cancer patient visits hospital 53 times and pays £325 to park their car.

 

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