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Hospitals accused of 'taxing the ill'

May 28, 2008 | By | In Statistics

Health managers have come under scrutiny today accused of taxing their patients.

It has emerged today that an NHS trust in Cambridge made £248,000 in one month from parking charges.

Addenbrooke’s hospital is set to make £2.98 million in 2008 from charging its visitors to park but the hospital managers have insisted that the money made will be reinvested into further safe car parks and better transport links to the hospital.

The Patients’ Association have described the £100 million raised last year in parking costs as “an astronomical amount.” Michael Summers, of the Patients’ Association, said: "The sad thing about it is they are making very large amounts out of their staff, people who are ill and their relatives."

According to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, income from parking at Addenbrooke’s in April was £159,344 from patients and visitors and £88,979 from staff.

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