I've recently been a bit niggled that the hospital that provides my care provides free parking to oncology patients on chemotherapy. Fair enough. But no rebate for chemotherapy patients in rheumatology. How can that be? I get the same treatment, and my life expectancy without my treatment is comparable (and I have it on good authority that it is). So I've written to UHCW to get a statement from them why I am being discriminated against. Copy of the content below for information, and I will post up UHCW's reply when I receive it. From comments on a previous post here i think the same policy is in operation at UHB and wonder if there is a national dictat on this? Anyway...
"I have read terms and conditions of car parking, and they state that Oncology patients receiving chemotherapy treatment may park for free. I am currently on chemotherapy for a serious condition, a derivative of vasculitis called polyarteritis nodosa. Part of my treatment regime is cyclophosphamide, exactly the same treatment as, for example, ladies with breast cancer are given. Like any oncology patient, my prognosis without this treatment is very poor.
I would therefore like to know why non-Oncology patients on the same treatment are precluded from free parking despite receiving exactly the same treatment. There will be a number of other vasculitis patients who are also in the same boat; these are all treated by the Rheumatology team in the Daycase Centre near Ward 2. I must say that this strict definition feels clinically illogical and particularly discriminative. With all the appointments I need to attend with consultants, blood test and other investigative examinations, I currently spend over £80/month on parking at UHCW. Would someone please explain to me the rationale behind this decision, and why such an inequality exists?