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The QE made £1.3 million in car parking charges

The QE made £1.3 million in car parking charges

Published by KLFM
2:22pm 19th October 2018.

The figures reveal the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn made £370,150 from charges and penalty fines from NHS workers.

The trust also raked in £976,200 from parking charges paid by patients and visitors.

The Patients Association has criticised parking charges for patients, describing it as a "charge on people who are not well."

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn car park

 

Unite has also slammed the figures calling them "scandalous", which it said amounted to a "tax on hard-pressed" employees.

However, chief executive Rachel Power said they were a way for hospitals to generate revenue at a time when they are under "immense" financial pressure.

Hospital car park

A spokeswoman for NHS Improvement said the money made was used to pay the costs of providing parking, with the rest put into clinical services.

She said: “As we develop the long-term plan for the NHS, it is right that trusts continue to develop their commercial income opportunities."

"This is so that they can maintain their services and ensure they can provide patients with high quality care, both now and in future.”