Shadow Health Minister: Hospital parking charges 'bleeding dry families'

Labour's Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed says hospital parking charge increase are 'stealth taxes'
Labour's Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed says hospital parking charge increase are 'stealth taxes' Credit: ITV News

Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed has responded to the increase of hospital parking charges, stating that the move is "bleeding dry families who are already suffering". Mr Reed said:

"These are stealth taxes on people already at a low ebb; families and patients, at what is already a difficult time in their lives, can be clobbered by car parking charges. It is no way for the NHS to meet its £20bn efficiency challenge - by bleeding dry families who are already suffering".

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