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Midlands hospitals among the top in country for car park charges

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Four hospitals from the Midlands are among the country’s biggest earners for car park charges, a PA news investigation has found.

The study found hospitals across the country made over £254 million from charges in the last year - up 10% from the previous year, and a record high.

Our region's biggest earners:

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
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The survey also found patients and visitors who've had to pay the increased fees at NHS Trusts have “often struggled to find spaces, experience a lack of disabled parking, long queues and parking meters that do not work.”

said parking added to the stress of a hospital visit.

ITV Central viewers have sent in their thoughts:

When my dad was on end of life care at Burton last year there were a few occasions where we literally had to park the car anywhere and just pay the parking ticket."

– Keeley McCabe

My dad was in the QE hospital in Birmingham for 5 weeks...The cost of the hospital visits ranged from £15.30 to £4.60 each time. Sometimes I went twice a day."

– Paul Barnett

At Birmingham's QE hospital there isn't enough parking spaces for staff."

– Judith Curran

It’s when you have to pay when you got a blue badge is not right."

– Wayne Hooman-Cox

Unfortunately all hospitals seem to be charging extortionate rates. I get a taxi to my local hospital now, it costs around the same as driving and parking."

– Tara Harvey
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The investigation also found:

  • One in three hospitals in England increased the cost of parking last year
  • Half of NHS trusts charged for disabled parking
  • One in 10 people surveyed could not find disabled parking
  • 10% said they were confused by parking rules
  • 11% said they could not pay in the way they wanted to

The Deputy chief executive of NHS Providers Saffron Cordery said the increases were frustrating but necessary:

Car parks are expensive to run for the trusts that own them. All charges by trusts for parking cover the day-to-day running of car parking at the hospital, with any surplus reinvested back into wider services for patients or improving these facilities."

– Saffron Cordery

She went on to say abolishing car park charges could cost around £200 million per year, which could "impact on patient care".

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