Hospital Parking Charges

I took my sister to hospital recently, and the parking charge for just over an hour was £2.10. I was surprised, and I can certainly see why so many people are angry. However, I have some sympathy with the argument that city centre hospitals have to charge more than local car parks to prevent shoppers taking advantage. I’ve no doubt that plenty of people would do this, probably trying to justify it by complaining about parking prices elsewhere. I can also see that the NHS would prefer to spend money on medicine rather than car parks, and it seems reasonable to have some kind of charge. It’s difficult to think of an easy system of ensuring that only hospital visitors take advantage of parking, too. I’m not arguing for either side, but I don’t think the issue is as clear-cut as the media seem to suggest.