Patients and hospital visitors to pay more for parking

The Kent and Canterbury Hospital

East Kent hospitals trust is raising the cost of parking at its sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Margate.

Coming into effect today (Monday, October 8), the increase will apply to patients and visitors using car parks controlled by an electric barrier.

The cost of the first hour’s parking in the barrier car parks will go up by 30p with an additional 20p for every 12 minutes.

For a whole day’s parking, the charge will rise from £8 to £10.

However, the trust says the price will not change for frequent patients such as cancer and renal patients or regular visitors who can still buy weekly tickets to save money.

Prices won’t change at the other hospital sites or the pay and display car parks. Disabled bays are also unaffected. 

Explaining its reasoning for the increase, the trust said: “Barrier parking is still the most cost-effective system for patients and visitors.

“The barrier system, introduced in 2013, is recommended for hospitals to use as it means visitors are only charged for the exact amount of time they spend in the hospital.

“All surplus income after running costs and car park maintenance is reinvested by the Trust into NHS services.”


  1. What an unfair way to get funding for the health service! Effectively you tax the sick or people kind enough to visit the sick.

    Every patient should be given a certain amount of credit for parking.

    It reminds me of that rather old saying…”The Conservative Party believes in people standing on their own two knees”…but I guess this happened under Labour and the Coalition as well.

    Let’s start to raise money for the NHS from those who can afford to contribute a bit more. People like me, over 65, who could afford pay NI the self employed rate (i.e. no sickness or unemployment benefits provided)..and all those who retire early on good private pensions and pay NO NI. Why is NI only payable on earned income of people under retirement age? The message is ,if you’re lucky enough to have “unearned” income or a pension, pay no NI. If you work you can be punished by having greater state deductions than those who do no work.

    If older people insist in living so long they must contribute more. That tired old self righteous chant ” I’ve been contributing all my working life so I deserve a good NHS without paying more”, was only valid when the average person got less than ten years of retirement not the 25 years they often get now.

    All governments are frightened to tax well off older people….then there’s that crazy winter fuel allowance and Christmas bonus….

  2. It also means that in Canterbury we folks who happen to live close by the hospital are going to find it even more difficult go go find a space for which which we pay yearly.


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