Hos­pi­tal car park­ing fee has re­sulted in a tragedy

Daily Express - - COME ON ENGLAND -

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.

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