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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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Workplace parking levy won't raise as much money as expected

Nottingham city council says it will not raise as much money as it had hoped from the workplace parking levy in its first year.

The charge means businesses with more than 10 parking spaces will have to pay £288 a year for each space from Sunday.

The authority says it will pay for better public transport including new tram routes and will reduce congestion.

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