||<p>The Department has not consulted on the appropriateness of parking fines issued
in National Health Service hospital car parks.</p><p> </p><p>The level and appropriateness
of car parking charges at NHS sites is the responsibility of the local NHS trust.
As set out in the NHS Car Parking Principles we have always made clear that staff,
patients and their families should not have to deal with the stress of complex and
unfair charges. These were based on discussions with interested parties including
NHS trusts and patients’ organisations.</p>