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Watch: What do you make of hospital parking charges?

NHS trusts across England made more than £120 million from parking charges last year - with a West Midlands trust at the top of the list.

The Heart of England NHS Trust has come out top in a nationwide investigation into hospital parking charges.

We asked visitors at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield what they made of parking charges.

The Trust have responded to the findings, insisting that they do not make a profit from car parking charges and that there are structures in place to help those who cannot afford the prices.

We are a large trust covering three hospital sites with 11,000 staff. We see over one million patients and a similar amount of visitors and relatives each year. The Trust does not take any form of profit from car parking charges as the funds are used to fund capital charges, utility costs, security and car parking management services, as well as the upkeep, maintenance and investment in the car parks which includes CCTV systems, grounds, and road safety.

We recognise that parking charges can be a very significant financial burden for some and so we offer discounts to anyone visiting our hospitals for more than one day, giving frequent visitors greater savings, and free car parking to those in receipt of income-related benefits. We also offer a wide range of discounted multiple day tickets, including passes for those attending on a regular basis to particular wards.

– Heart of England NHS Trust spokesperso