Hospital car parking fee has resulted in a tragedy
WHAT a shocking story: dead for the lack of a couple of pounds. If any story highlights the iniquitous ways hospitals are milking patients, visitors and everyone else when it comes to car parking charges, it is the desperately sad story of Brian Akers, who decided not to visit A&E when he didn’t have the right change to park. How can hospital bosses – in the caring profession remember – live with themselves in the light of cases such as these? Their determination to make money from car parking is quite literally costing lives.
It is time for a fundamental rethink when it comes to parking charges in hospital car parks. Yes, we all know the NHS is cash strapped but piling financial worries on top of health concerns is no way to treat anyone visiting a hospital in any capacity and as we have now seen the results of this policy can be fatal.
As for Brian Akers himself, at 58 he was not an old man. He has been deprived of decades ahead of him, of the joy of seeing his family expand, while his family have in turn been left devastated. Indeed it must be agonising for them to think of what might have been. If this early and needless death is to result in any good then let the hospitals rethink their parking charges now.