BBC Radio Essex, 22 December 2015

Researcher Leo Ewbank spoke to two BBC radio stations, BBC Radio Three Counties and BBC Radio Essex, about the issue of hospital parking charges and whether they should be banned. On BBC Radio Essex’s Drivetime programme, he argued that, although the topic is controversial, the charges are a “necessary evil”.

He highlighted the fact that providing parking facilities incurs costs for hospitals and, through charging a fee, these costs can be covered. As a result, it means resources do not have to be diverted away from more important areas such as patient care and operations. He also stressed the possibility of negative “unintended consequences” if the charges are banned, which some groups have called for.