Clare Laxton, Assistant Director of Policy and Influencing at children and young people’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent, said: “According to our research just half of NHS Trusts in England offer free car parking for young cancer patients and their families, and this clearly isn’t right or fair.
“Families tell us that hospital car parking charges is a huge additional cost they face when their child is diagnosed with cancer, and it is a major worry for parents of children with cancer, as well as young cancer patients.
“We know that many parents are struggling to make ends meet and getting into debt as they try to find the £600 extra a month it costs in living expenses when their child is having treatment. Abolishing hospital car parking charges once and for all could ease some of the huge financial burden they face.
“CLIC Sargent looks forward to working with all political parties and the new Government to work towards ending unfair hospital parking charges and to improve the financial support available for children and young people with cancer.”