Some sanatorium trusts in England are creation some-more than £3m a year from automobile parking fees, Freedom of Information (FOI) requests have shown.
Of some-more than 90 trusts that responded to FOI requests, half are creation during slightest £1m a year, a news group Press Association (PA) found.
The Patients Association pronounced a charges were “morally wrong”.
But many trusts shielded their revenues, observant some or all of a income was put behind into studious care.
The review showed hospitals were creation augmenting amounts of income from staff, patients and visitors – including those who are infirm – who used their automobile parks.
It also found hospitals were giving millions of pounds to private firms to run their automobile parks for them, with some receiving income from parking fines.
Others are tied into private financial beginning contracts, where all a income charged from automobile parks goes to companies underneath a terms of a scheme.
Seven NHS trusts warranted some-more than £3m in 2014-15 from charges, another 8 done some-more than £2m a year and a serve 33 warranted some-more than £1m a year.
Almost half of all trusts also charged infirm people for parking in some or all of their infirm spaces.
Katherine Murphy, arch executive of a Patients Association, said: “The income is never reinvested in frontline services. Hospital automobile parks are mostly managed by private contractors who take a outrageous commission of a profits.
“This is implicitly wrong – and charging infirm people is a disgrace.”
Shadow health apportion Andrew Gwynne pronounced a total were “worrying”.
Josie Irwin, conduct of practice family during a Royal College of Nursing, pronounced a charges were carrying a “real impact” on nurses’ pay.
The amounts NHS trusts made:
- University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust took £3,876,314 in parking charges in 2014-15
- Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust lifted £3,728,000 net in 2014/15
- The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust took £3,413,413 in 2014-15. This was reduction than a prior year, though adult on a £2,788,293 it took in 2011-12
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust lifted £3,160,913 in 2014-15, adult from £2,977,109 in 2013-14
- University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust lifted £3,126,108 in 2014-15, adult from £3,002,865 in 2013-14
The London North West Healthcare NHS Trust paid £1.8m in 2014 went to a association Apcoa, that manages a Northwick Park multi-storey underneath a PFI contract.
The company, that pays a trust about £40,000 a month on a franchise basis, also kept £34,052 in parking fines in 2014.
Some NHS trusts also lifted a poignant volume from charging staff for parking.
Of a £3,876,314 a University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust lifted from parking charges in 2014-15, £1,206,836 was from staff.
Many trusts pronounced a income was put behind into studious caring or was spent on progressing automobile parks or grounds.
Others pronounced their distance and a fact that they served bustling neighbourhoods meant they took some-more in revenue.
A Department of Health mouthpiece said: “We design all NHS organisations to follow a discipline on automobile parking, including charity discounts to infirm people.
“Patients and families shouldn’t have to understanding with a combined highlight of astray parking charges and a superintendence righteously helps a open reason a NHS to comment for any astray charges or practices.”