Hospitals in England are making hundreds of millions of pounds from car parking charges, with more than 40% of NHS trusts increasing the cost of a stay in the past year.
(This blog has campaigned long and hard against these iniquitous charges, but they continue to increase to the detriment of patiens, visitors and even staff.)
An investigation using freedom of information requests found some trusts have doubled the price of car parking for patients and visitors.
Analysis of data published by NHS Digital in October shows trusts made more than £226m in 2017-18 from parking, including penalty fines.
A total of 124 NHS trusts in England responded to the Press Association requests on parking charges, with 53 (43%) reporting an increase in prices in the past year for visitors or staff, or both. The remaining 71 (57%) said they had not put up their prices.