However the more practical and pragmatic hospitals do, in fact, offer concessions for patients with long-term conditions which require regular treatment. And while parking fees are a source of irritation, they do, in fact enable NHS trusts to enforce parking restrictions. If charges were to be scrapped altogether, it could create a free-for-all and less spaces for patients and staff. What would Labour do then?
For this reason, a careful balance should be struck and the onus should be on local NHS bosses to justify any increases in fees, explain how revenue is spent – and do more to support those families who suffer genuine hardship as a result of these charges.