Free NHS hospital parking for thousands in ‘greatest need’

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National Health Service (NHS) patients and visitors will be able to access free hospital parking.

From April 2020, 206 hospital trusts in England will expect to start this and this was in line with the promise made by the government.

These groups would include people with disabilities and the NHS staff working in night shift.

Currently hourly charges at hospitals for parking vary from £1 to £4. NHS parking fees was abolished in Scotland and Wales since 2008 but there are still small number of hospitals that are in contract with private companies that manage their parking.

Who would benefit from this?

Blue badge holders, frequent outpatients who need to attend appointments for long term treatment.

Free parking will also be offered at specific times to certain groups that would include parents of sick children staying overnight in the hospital and staff working in night shifts.

Many hospitals are already offering concessions. Around 15% of NHS sites currently charge for disabled parking.

Last year hospital trusts in England made more than £254 million from car parking charges and £1.5 million from parking fines.