A disabled, grieving man has been slapped with a hospital parking fine just hours after his wife died.

William Green, 78, rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on July 26 after being told his wife, Betty, had just hours to live.

All the disabled bays were taken, so Bill parked in an adjacent spot with his blue badge visible.

Betty was due to be moved to Greenwich and Bexley Hospice when a bed was available, however the consultant told the family she wasn't likely to make the journey.

Betty sadly passed away on the morning of July 27 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Bill and Betty's daughter, Jane told News Shopper, that in December last year doctors revealed that they were unable to treat her mother because she also had pulmonary fibrosis (a condition causing scarring of the lungs which stops them from being able to expand).

She said: "As a result, her lungs were like tissue paper, so if they attempted a biopsy, her lung would have just torn."

Much to Bill's horror, when he returned to his car, he had been issued with a fine.

The grieving dad challenged the ticket with Euro Car Parks, which administrates the hospital parking.

The company refused to cancel the fine despite sending Bill a photo of his vehicle with the blue badge on display.

News Shopper:

He has a blue badge because he is also battling cancer and suffered a heart attack whilst finishing chemotherapy.

Euro Car Parks sent Bill a letter stating that the reason for the ticket was because he had no valid permit was purchased for his vehicle.

The letter said: "It is clearly stated on the signage that a pay and display ticket must be purchased for the full duration of your stay in the car park prior to leaving your vehicle.

"Euro Car Parks operate a space management service, and therefore it is imperative that the rules and regulations are adhered to."

Jane said: "Despite appealing to the parking firm explaining the circumstances, they have refused to cancel the fine, which will increase if he risks a formal appeal to POPLA (Parking on Private Land Appeals)."

Queen Elizabeth Hospital are now investigating the situation.

Euro Car Park was contacted for comment.