Hospitals raise £53million in ‘unfair’ parking fees despite Boris Johnson manifesto pledge

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This comes despite Boris Johnson’s vow to axe them for the vulnerable. According to new data, patients and visitors paid £48,256,988 in parking fees while visiting hospitals.

NHS staff, including doctors and nurses, forked out another £5,272,954 in the financial year to April 2021.

In total, NHS trusts received £53,529,942, 12 months in which hospitals were barred to many due to Covid.

Boris Johnson pledged to end “unfair” hospital car parking charges in the Conservative party manifesto before the 2019 general election.

It stated that they will “end unfair hospital car parking charges by making parking free for those in greatest need”.

That included disabled people, frequent outpatient attenders, parents of sick children staying overnight and staff working night shifts. 

They said this will eliminate costs for those in need, while making sure there are enough spaces for everyone.

Despite this pledge, some hospitals say charging to park is a condition of binding private finance initiative contracts.

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting criticised the massive parking costs.

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The Labour MP for Ilford North said: “NHS staff are exhausted. Prices and bills are rising.

“What thanks do they get for their heroic efforts over the pandemic?

“Rip-off parking charges.”

The Department of Health said hospitals had been given funding to cover the costs of suspending charges and should not be charging staff and those from groups in most need.

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