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Patient car parking at hospitals in England “unreasonably stressful”, says RAC

Too many hospitals in England have “unreasonable” rules that cause unnecessary stress when it comes to car parking, an RAC investigation suggests.

The report reveals many hospitals force drivers to pay as soon as they arrive – so some patients may overestimate and overpay for their stay.

And a third of hospital trusts only offer car park payments in cash – with no credit or debit card options.

While car parking is largely free at hospitals in Scotland and Wales, many hospitals in England charge visitors, patients and staff, as do some in Northern Ireland.

The RAC asked all 206 hospital trusts in England questions under a freedom of information request in 2016. More than 160 responded and the majority – 125 – charged for car parking.

Read more at BBC Health.

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