MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: A general view of signage around Manchester University Hospital after it was announced that local councils in Manchester will control their own National Health Service budget on February 25, 2015 in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester is the first region in England to get full control of it's healthcare budget. Chancellor George Osborne announced that the ?6bn health and social care budget would be taken over by the region's councils and health groups. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Manchester University Hospitals took in the most money from its car parks last year, £6.3million according to research out this morning.

A freedom of Information request by the Press Association revealed that NHS hospital car parks collected a record high £254m in charges and fines from patients, staff and visitors in 2018-19 – a 10 per cent rise on the previous year.

Analysis also revealed that Income from parking fines also increased by 8 per cent last year, to over £1.5m with many saying they were fined because their appointment overran.

The survey spoke to 7883 patients and visitors who had used a hospital car park in the last two years were questioned, and financial data was gathered from 144 NHS trusts.

One in three people said they struggled to find a space, while one in ten said there was a lack of disabled provision. Other common complaints included long queues and meters that did not work.


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