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Hospital car parking charges under the spotlight

Hospital car parking charges come under scrutiny again today, with MPs set to debate their merit in Parliament.

A campaign led by Conservative MP Robert Halfon wants hospital trusts to consider ways they can lower the cost of parking for patients' relatives.

Freedom of Information requests launched by Mr Halfon found London had the highest charges, with an average of £20 a day and more than £130 a week.

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Highest rate for first hour of parking at hospitals

According to data from Freedom of Information requests sent by MP Robert Halfon, the most expensive first hour of hospital car parking are at:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust Hereford - £3.50/one hour
  • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust - £3.30/minimum two hours
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - £3/for one hour
  • Royal Free Hospital North London - £3/for one hour
  • Mid Essex Hospital Chelmsford - £3/for 15mins to 3 hours
  • Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool - £3/for 30mins to 1 1/2 hours

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