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Editor’s blog Saturday 11 September 2010: Free hospital parking pledge clamped

The Sunday Telegraph gets its NHS news priorities right, emphasising the core issue of car parking.

The Coalition Government has, it reports, decided that it will not honour New Labour's more-than-slightly-pointless promise to abolish car parking charges.

Shockwaves of surprise are not expected to resonate far and widely. Many acute trusts are neat;y placed near the centre of busy towns and cities.

The decision-making will be vired down to local level, the article suggests.

Some will accuse this to taking the N out of the NHS. Others might agreer with the article's speculation that this approach is designed to hit the popularity of the local councils that Labour is apt to win back over the electoral cycle.