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Bias media: Daily Express rejects Crusader Jeremy Corbyn over NHS parking charges

by | 9th, May 2017

On July 1 2014, the Daily Express launched a “Crusade” against parking charges at NHS hospitals. Readers were urged to sign a petition, which began: “I petition the Prime Minister to step in to end the scandalous cost forced on patients and families when parking at hospital…”

 

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Sarah O’Grady had news:

THE Daily Express has launched a crusade to help the sick, the elderly and hard-pressed families across the country by calling for an end to the disgraceful and unfair practice of sky-high parking charges in hospital car parks.

 

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The campaign thundered on. It was backed by a pretty impressive 97% of Daily Express readers.

 

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Things improved for patients in August 2014 when Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered a relaxation of rules on hospital car parking to ensure seriously ill patients are not penalised.

“Daily Express Crusade victory as ministers get tough on rip-off hospital parking,” cheered the paper, aligning its crusade with political policy. When politicians promise to end the charges they do so because they are on the same side as the Express . The paper reported:

Under new guidelines announced by ­ministers today, “priority groups” should be allowed to park without charge or at a greatly reduced cost.

They include visitors with relatives who are gravely ill or who have to stay in hospital for an extended period.

People with disabilities, those who make ­frequent outpatient visits and staff working shifts will also be able to take advantage of the concessions, the Department of Health said.

The announcement is a major victory for the Daily Express crusade to prevent thousands of people up and down the country being ripped off by extortionate charges of up to £4 an hour.

More than 10,000 people have pledged their support via postal coupons or on our website calling for the sky-high parking charges to be abolished or reduced. The Daily Express will continue to press for the guidelines to be adopted by hospital trusts.

But the charges kept on coming.

 

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