Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara criticises Government’s decision not to offer free hospital car parking to patients and their families

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Worsley and Eccles South MP Barbara Keeley has criticised the decision of the Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition Government not to go ahead with the Labour government’s plan for free parking at hospitals for patients and their families. The Secretary of State for Health has today issued a Statement saying that the Government will not support Labour’s planned changes.


Barbara supports Macmillan Cancer Support’s campaign to have hospital parking charges abolished, recognising that patients with cancer or chronic conditions are hit hardest by the charges at a very difficult time in their lives.


Barbara said:


“Visiting a family member in hospital can be stressful and worrying. Having to pay out regularly for car parking charges can make this even worse. For families of chronically ill patients, these extra costs can put a huge dent in the weekly budget. 


“Research from Macmillan Cancer Support shows that, on average, cancer patients travel to hospital  53 times during their treatment, costing them around £325. By refusing to abolish hospital parking charges the Government is effectively taxing people who are ill.


“Scotland has already abolished hospital car parking charges and Wales plans to abolish them next year. It is wrong that it will now only be English patients and their families who will have to pay to park at hospitals.


“Labour had a fully-funded plan to phase out charges for inpatients by reducing back-office costs. Our proposal has the support of the public and I know many patients and families in Salford will feel let down by the Government’s decision today.”


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