Hospital cash cow
SIR – Daniel Hannan (Comment, February 4) maintains that we must pay for hospital parking because the NHS needs the cash.
In principle, he may be right. However, the scandal attaching to hospital parking charges is the fact that, in many cases, they are frankly exorbitant. As as example, I cite a Coventry hospital where an elderly relative has been a patient for 22 days so far. During that time, my wife and I have paid a total of £108.20 in parking charges. The minimum charge is £2.70 for an hour’s stay.
To add insult to injury, parking provision at the hospital is woefully inadequate, resulting in huge queues on the access road. Earlier this week I wasted the best part of an hour trying to find a space. John Waine