Hos­pi­tal cash cow

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

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

Nuneaton, War­wick­shire

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