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Hospitals: Parking

Question for Department of Health

UIN 14725, tabled on 4 November 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of car parking facilities at NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

9 November 2015

Decisions on hospital car parking, including charging, are taken locally by National Health Service foundation trusts and NHS trusts.

On 23 August, 2014, the Department published the NHS patient, visitor and staff car parking principles, which set out a nationally consistent approach for hospitals to take to car parking and concessionary charges. This was updated in October 2015 to make explicit reference to carers as a group who should receive concessions. The principles are available at:

To help NHS organisations deliver the above principles the Department published NHS Car Parking Management: Environment and Sustainability (HTM 07-03) on 25 March 2015. This guidance is available at:

Both documents make it clear that NHS organisations should work with patients, staff, visitors, local authorities and public transport providers when planning their parking provision.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care
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