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)