Income from NHS parking tops £100m27th February 2009
Government statistics have revealed that the health service in England generates around £110 million annually from car park revenue.
In 2007/08 car park charges for patient and visitor parking at NHS buildings totalled £83.1 million. Staff members were charged a total of £27 million.
However, these figures do not reflect the data from the 68 trusts who did not give information about charges or the money made by GP surgeries.
The information came as part of the government's reply to a parliamentary question posed by the Conservatives.
Although Scottish and Welsh hospitals have decided to phase out car parking payments, the government is not in favour of getting rid of the fees in England.
Three trusts in England generated more than £2 million in revenue from car parking in 2007/08.
Some hospitals in England expect patients to pay £3 an hour in car park charges.
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: "It's evidence of the government's waste and 'boom and bust' approach to the NHS finances that some hospitals are still having to rely on the revenue from these charges when Labour have more than doubled spending on health since 1997."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "We do not think it a sensible use of tax payer's money to subsidise free car parking at hospitals for anyone who wants to use it."
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Title: Income from NHS parking tops £100m
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 10377
Date Added: 27th Feb 2009