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Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes review of hospital parking charges

Politics / Sat 23rd Aug 2014 at 11:06am

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has welcomed a decision by health secretary, Jeremy Hunt to review hospital parking charges.

Mr Halfon said: “After writing a report about the issue, raising it with Ministers in Parliament, starting an online petition and securing widespread media support, the Government have just announced that hospitals in England will be told to cut the cost of parking for certain
groups under new guidelines!”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, “Patients and families shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress of unfair parking charges. These clear ground rules set out our expectations, and will help the public hold the NHS to account for unfair charges or practices.”

The Government believes that relatives of people who are seriously ill or have to stay in hospital for a long time should be given free parking or reduced charges. They are saying that concessions should be offered to people with disabilities and NHS staff whose shift patterns mean they cannot use public transport.

Mr Halfon added: “This is a very welcome announcement by the Government and a great step forward for the campaign. Although, in the long term, I would still like to see hospital parking fees scrapped altogether, this is still a fantastic success.

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