Car parking charges are to be abolished at NHS hospitals across Scotland. From 31 December 2008 charges will be scrapped at 14 hospitals where fees operate.

But UK Health Minister Ben Bradshaw caused outrage by refusing to drop them in England believing the charges were a "sensible use of limited resources".

He added: "Our priority is the safety and speed of healthcare - one of the reasons in England waiting times are shorter. In England, hospital car parking charges are decided locally by individual trusts to cover the cost of running and maintaining a car park." 

The Scottish Executive has followed the Welsh Assembly by axing the deeply unpopular fees, although charges at three PFI car parks will not be scrapped.

Yet Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted NHS boards to work with contractors at the three hospitals with PFI car parks - at Edinburgh and Glasgow Royal Infirmaries and Ninewells in Dundee - to limit and reduce the charges until the contracts came to an end.

In England hospital trusts were said to rake in more than £100million from parking charges last year.

Is it fair that NHS car park charges will not be scrapped in English hospitals?

Do you agree that car park charges are a "sensible use of limited resources"?

Should the charges be axed for NHS staff and be kept for patients? Or should they be dropped altogether?

In Scotland, NHS patients have access to more cancer drugs, benefit from free eye tests and in Wales prescriptions are free, while English patients must pay £6.85.
Should the same NHS rules apply across all three countries?

Is it fair that a family member visiting a dying relative has to worry about finding loose change for the parking meter, or rushing back to the car once the ticket runs out?