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Five hospitals in Kent have doubled the price of their short-stay parking spaces in an attempt to increase revenue, despite the governments crack down on car park pricing.

Those wanting to park will now need to pay £2 to use the short stay spaces for just 20 minutes.

The NHS Trust, who are more than £40 million in debt, are being accused of targeting the vulnerable, with the charge coming into effect on Monday.

The East Kent Hospital Trust, who run their own car parks, say that the price hike is necessary to cover the costs of maintenance and improvement.

Damian Green, Conservative MP for Ashford told The Sun: "This is an outrageous way to raise money. It's unfair and slightly pointless. It will raise a very small amount and annoy thousands of people."

Craig MacKinlay, South Thanet's MP added, "It's disappointing and I'm not happy about it" and accused the Trust of using parking facilities as a "cash cow".

East Kent Trust said, "We are revising charges to ensure we can continue to invest in better parking facilities for our visitors."

But this statement was again criticised by Macmillan Cancer Support who said, "The Government has issued guidance on hospital parking charges but many cancer patients continue to pay unaffordable prices for parking."

The hospitals affected are Ashford's William Harvey; Queen Elizabeth in Margate; The Queen Mother Kent & Canterbury; Dover's Buckland Hospital and Royal Victoria, Folkestone.

Jack Evans

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 3, 2015