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Hospital parking nets £95m

22nd March 2007

NHS hospitals in England made £95m out of car parking charges last year, according to official figures.

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The government recommends trusts offer cheaper parking schemes for the long-term ill or those who require regular treatment, with a cap on weekly charges.

The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, showed 12 hospital trusts raised more than £1m in charges each.

Macmillan Cancer Support, which campaigns for cancer patients to get free hospital parking and help with travel costs, said charges were a ‘stealth tax’ on the ill. Their research found some patients had paid up more than £1,000 during treatment.

The charity said there were huge variations in how much people paid out. Cancer patients in Scotland spent an average of £636 on travel and parking throughout their cancer treatment compared with patients in Wales who spent £318.

In south-west England, the average bill was £477, while those in the south-east spent £424, and those in the north paid £371.

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