Speculative Diversion: Hospital Parking Charges – a Tax on Compassion? (BBC News)

Summary

Freedom of Information (FOI) requests issued by the Press Association (PA) news agency indicate that some hospital trusts in England generate over £3 million per year from car parking fees. Half of the 90 or so trusts responding to these FOI requests were found to take over £1 million per year.

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Some hospital trusts make millions a year from car parks. London: BBC Health News, December 22nd 2015.

2016 Update

Hospitals in England collected more than £120 million last year; a 5% increase. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust was the worst, taking £4,841,108 in parking charges across the year.

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NHS hospitals break parking fees record. London: BBC Health News, December 28th 2016.

Earlier guidelines from the Government:

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Hospital car parking guidance to reduce some charges. London: BBC Health News, August 23rd 2014.

This relates to:

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NHS patient, visitor and staff car parking principles. London: Department of Health, October 29th 2015.

See also:

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Hospital parking: Minister urges discounts for carers. London: BBC Health News, October 30th 2015.

Possibly of interest:

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Hospital parking ‘unreasonably stressful’, says RAC. London: BBC Health News, April 7th 2017.

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