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Hospitals making even more from parking charges

Hospitals in England earned more than £174m in parking charges this year. Credit: Press Association Images.

Hospitals across the region have brought in millions of pounds in parking charges over the past year, new figures show.

Southend, Colchester, Bedford, Addenbrooke's, Ipswich, the James Paget, Northampton and Milton Keynes all made at least £1m each, according to the Press Association.

In total, more than £174m was taken by trusts across England - up 6% on the year before.

Southend Hospital was our region's biggest earner - raising £1.8m - closely followed by the Luton and Dunstable and Northampton General which each collected around £1.7m over the course of the year.

Figures from the Press Association:

  • Ipswich, £1.58m

  • Bedford, £1.53m

  • Luton and Dunstable, £1.7m

  • JPH, £1.15m

  • Southend, £1.8m

  • Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow, £1m

  • Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke's), 1.2m

  • Colchester, £1.13m

  • Northampton, £1.67m

  • MK, £1.58m

  • Papworth Hospital Cambridge, £0.28m

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients' Association, said the current state of NHS finances meant it was sometimes hard to blame hospitals for trying to find money.

But she said that did not make the current situation acceptable.

"For patients, parking charges amount to an extra charge for being ill. The increase in the number of trusts who are charging for disabled parking is particularly concerning.

"Patients who require disabled parking may have little choice but to access their care by car, and may need to do so often. Targeting them in this way feels rather cynical."

– Rachel Power, Patients' Association.