The Department of Health's guide Income Generation, Car Parking Charges - Best Practice for Implementation says
27. NHS bodies are strongly recommended to have some kind of ‘season ticket’ arrangement, allowing free or reduced price parking for:
- patients with a long-term illness or serious condition requiring daily or regular treatment;
- relatives/prime visitors of patients with a long-term illness or a serious condition requiring daily or regular treatment.
28. NHS bodies are also recommended to have a weekly cap on car parking charges for patients/visitors having to attend on a daily basis.
The Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals Trust has this information for out-patients. However, information for our own hospital and Manchester's other cancer treatment hospital, Christies, are not provided. All out patient paarking is commercial apart from 26 places in the A & E car park which is free for just 30 minutes.
Macmillan Cancer Support are not content. This press release was issued yesterday. They have started a Travel and Parking campaign which is calling for:
- patients undergoing treatment for cancer should be eligible for assistance on a mon means-tested basis under the Hospital Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)
- patients undergoing treatment for cancer should be exempt from all hospital parking charges
- the HTCS should be better publicised and reimbursement arrangements simplified
- cancer patients travelling to hospital for cancer treatment should be exempt from all charges and tolls for using roads, tunnels and bridges
Update: Information on car parking at Christies Hospital can be found here.