BBC South East Today, 22 December 2015

Researcher Leo Ewbank appeared on two local television channels, BBC South East Today and BBC Look North, to discuss the issue of hospital parking charges and whether they should be banned. Although the issue is controversial, they are a “necessary evil”.

Providing parking facilities incurs a cost for hospitals and if charges were banned, as some groups have proposed, it could mean that hospitals would have to divert funding from other areas, such as patient care, in order to maintain parking facilities. Negative “unintended consequences” could also emerge from a decision to ban charges.