Rise in NHS parking fees

More than one in four hospital trusts have increased car parking charges for patients and visitors, according to new data. Hospitals in England make millions of pounds from parking each year.

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Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust: parking charge figures 'misleading'

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has said it has not raised car parking charges for its main sites since 2007. It said that the figures published today are misleading, because it has had to introduce charges rather than raise existing fees.

The decision to introduce a standard 75p per hour charge at some of its smaller sites has made its charge average rise by 200%. But at its main hospital, St Nicholas in Newcastle, the price has been 75p per hour since 2007. The Trust said:

"Previously, we have been able to keep car parking free to visitors across several of our sites but - in order to maintain car parking facilities and appropriate levels of security – in recent years we have introduced a standard charge across all of our sites.

"If we did not have a small charge the cost of maintaining our car parks would need to be taken directly away from where it is most needed – providing patient care".

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