Hospitals: Parking

Department of Health written question – answered on 9th November 2015.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of car parking facilities at NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) affordability for and (b) effect on (i) patients and (ii) carers of hospital car parking; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

Decisions on hospital car parking, including charging, are taken locally by National Health Service foundation trusts and NHS trusts.

On 23 August, 2014, the Department published the NHS patient, visitor and staff car parking principles, which set out a nationally consistent approach for hospitals to take to car parking and concessionary charges. This was updated in October 2015 to make explicit reference to carers as a group who should receive concessions. The principles are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-patient-visitor-and-staff-car-parking-principles

To help NHS organisations deliver the above principles the Department published NHS Car Parking Management: Environment and Sustainability (HTM 07-03) on 25 March 2015. This guidance is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-car-parking-management-htm-07-03

Both documents make it clear that NHS organisations should work with patients, staff, visitors, local authorities and public transport providers when planning their parking provision.

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