£3 an Hour to Park? I'll Just Cancel My Hospital Appointment
If you've ever had to go park at hospitals, you know how ridiculously expensive parking charges are.
What you may not realise is that patients are now cancelling their vital appointments at risk of their deteriorating health, because of this.
The BBC1's Inside Out Programme featured a pensioner who had heart surgery and was told not to take public transport for health reasons. Instead, she chose not to attend her followup appointment due to parking costs of £45 /week.
Called a "stealth tax" by health campaigners, hospital parking rates cost up to £3/hr in some hotels in London.
What are your thoughts on hospital parking? Do you think that £3/hr is reasonable, or just plain greedy on the part of the NHS and private contractors involved?
[via Mail Online]