Hospitals make millions from car park charges

Figures show parking charges to hospital staff, patients and visitors are proving lucrative 

Some NHS trusts in England are making more than £3 million a year from car parking fees, it has been revealed. 

Of 90 trusts that responded to Freedom of Information requests from the Press Association, more than half are making at least £1 million a year from charging people to park. 

Seven trusts made more than £3 million in 2014/15 from charges to staff, patients and visitors; eight made more than £2 million a year and a further 33 earned more than £1 million annually. 

RCN head of employment relations Josie Irwin said: ‘Nurses regularly work late nights and weekends, and as a result already have to deal with extra costs such as childcare.

‘If they then have to pay excessive charges for car parking it makes an impact on their pay, which has already fallen far behind the rate of inflation.’

The organisation that made the most – £3.87 million – was University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

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