Hospitals make £53m from parking fees in one year despite PM's vow to axe them

HOSPITALS charged more than £50million in car parking fees in a year of the pandemic — despite Boris Johnson’s vow to axe them for the needy.

Patients and visitors paid £48,256,988 while NHS staff, including doctors and nurses forked out another £5,272,954, The Sun can reveal.

In total, NHS trusts, who set the fees, received £53,529,942 in the financial year to this April, 12 months in which hospitals were barred to many due to Covid.

PM Johnson promised to end unfair hospital car parking charges in the 2019 Tory manifesto.

Those in most need, including the disabled and parents of sick children, were to be spared.

Yet some hospitals say charging to park is a condition of binding private finance initiative contracts.

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting criticised the costs.

He 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.”

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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.

It added: “NHS trusts are responsible for setting their car parking charges and any revenue must go back into front-line services.”

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