Hospitals: Parking

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th March 2020.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether plans for the introduction of free parking at hospitals in England for certain patient groups will include all hospital visits for people aged 25 and under with cancer.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the introduction of free parking at hospitals in England for certain patient groups will include hospital appointments for people with long term side effects of having had cancer as a child or young person and who may never be discharged.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government will take to ensure compliance with guidance on free parking at hospitals in England for certain patient groups.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support hospitals will receive in ensuring that hospital car parking is free for identified groups.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement on 27 December 2019 on the introduction of free parking at hospitals in England for certain patient groups, what the definition of long-term conditions will be; and whether that definition will include serious and life-threatening conditions for which the outcome is highly uncertain.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the introduction of free parking at hospitals in England for certain patient groups will include parents and carers of children and young people with serious and complex health conditions who are attending hospital on an unplanned basis.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government plans to offer free hospital car parking to disabled people, frequent outpatient attenders, parents of sick children staying overnight and staff working night shifts.

The Department is developing its proposals for implementing these commitments working closely with the National Health Service. This includes work to ensure that NHS organisations are supported to implement the required changes effectively.

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