Shrewsbury MP meets Chancellor to urge movement on hospital car parking

In a meeting in the House of Commons today, Shrewsbury’s Member of Parliament led a delegation of MPs to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer to raise the issue of car park charges in NHS hospitals.

Commenting after the meeting, Daniel Kawczynski MP stated ‘ After the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital raised their charges for car parking by 25%, I was compelled to bring similar situations up and down the country to the Chancellor. This is an issue that is not confined to just Shrewsbury, which is why I was able to take parliamentary colleagues from across the country to meet George Osborne with me.

I made the case that to eradicate car parking charges from all NHS car parks would cost around £100 million. Although this would be the most expensive of many options I outlined, it represents less that 0.01% of the £95.6 billion budget of NHS England.

The Chancellor was very receptive of this idea, and he assured me and my Parliamentary Colleagues that he would go away and pursue it along with colleagues from the Treasury and the Department for Health.’

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