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Hospitals earn almost £100m from car parking fees

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NHS trusts are raking in almost £100m a year from car parking charges, according to new figures released yesterday.

In 2005-06, patients and visitors paid £98m to park outside hospitals and GP surgeries, a rise of 26% on the previous year, according to figures revealed by the Commons health select committee.

The committee last year revealed that some trusts charged up to £76 a day for parking and rates varied from 30p to £4 per hour.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said it was for individual trusts to set parking charges, but patients groups and charities have been heavily critical of the ‘shameful’ fees.
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