Hospitals: Parking

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS hospitals in England charge outpatients to park.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS hospitals in England charge new parents to park.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information is not collected in the format requested.

National Health Service car parking data including the number of NHS hospitals that charge for disabled car parking is collected annually through Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC).

All ERIC data is published at the following link:

http://hefs.hscic.gov.uk/ERIC.asp

The 2016-17 figures show that out of 1,043 hospital sites that have designated disabled parking, 132 charge for disabled parking which includes disabled people, people with temporary disabilities as well as Blue Badge holders.

The provision of parking spaces and the level of any charges are matters for individual NHS trusts. NHS organisations must have the autonomy to make decisions that best suit their local circumstances.

The Department has published clear guidelines (the car parking principles) for National Health Service organisations that they are expected to follow.

Details of charges, concessions and additional charges should be well publicised including at car park entrances, wherever payment is made and inside the hospital. They should also be included on the hospital website and on patient letters and forms, where appropriate.

Hospitals should put concessions in place for those who most need help including disabled people, carers and staff who work shifts. The NHS itself is responsible for ensuring that charges are fairly applied. Patients, visitors and staff who have problems with car parking should therefore contact the NHS organisation which runs the car park.

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