NHS patients and their families are the victims of wheel clamping, fines and too-high costs in hospital car parks, according to a report.
A study from a consumer group Which? collected data from 126 NHS trusts and hospitals in England was performed naming the Royal United Hospital Bath the best NHS hospital car park in England for offering patients, their friends and family a large number of priority spaces and different payment methods.
The hospital was also praised for the way it communicates with patients.
In September last year, former health secretary Andy Burnham announced that hospital car parking charges for in-patients, their families and friends would be scrapped within three years in England.
The coalition government has no current plans to carry this through.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said the issue was still being looked at.
“It’s clear that, where parking charges are making it difficult for staff to do their jobs properly, where they are damaging patients access to services, or where they are stopping friends and relatives from visiting - they are too high, and hospital trusts have a responsibility to look at those factors.”