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Tax Payers Alliance say hospitals need to be more efficient

There's anger tonight after it emerged that patients with chronic conditions could be paying more for parking after a Midlands hospital lifted a one hundred and fifty pound cap on charges for frequent visitors.

Patients and campaigners say it's unacceptable that the most vulnerable are being targeted once again but hospital bosses have defended their decision blaming the tough financial climate. Michael Sibert has the story.

Patients Association on hospital parking charges

The Patients Association say hospital parking charges hit the elderly hardest.

Charges hit patients hard – particularly elderly people or those who are vulnerable and unable to use public transport. Also affected will be those with chronic conditions that mean they go to hospital regularly. It’s the last thing patients, relatives and carers need.

– Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of The Patients Association

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MP says removing cap on hospital parking charges unacceptable

Bob Ainsworth MP for Coventry North East Credit: PA Pictures

The Coventry North East MP Bob Ainsworth has said the removal of the cap on parking charges at Coventry University Hospital is unacceptable. He says the Chairman of the hospital has agreed to meet him next week to discuss it and he hopes that the cap will be reinstated.

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Hospital trusts increase parking charges

One in four hospital trusts have increased parking charges for patients and visitors- some by over 100%.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust upped prices 112%, from 67p an hour to £1.42.

New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton this week claimed it needed to put up car parking charges to protect jobs.

Examples of car parking charges for one hour:

  • National average - 77p
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital - £2.50
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - £1.60
  • United Lincolnshire Hospital - £1.42 (up from 67p)
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear - £75p (up from 25p)
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