Car park charges at hospitals have been blasted as “a tax on sick people” by a patients’ group.
The criticism comes in response to figures showing the fees bring in around £200million a year in England.
Some hospital trusts are tied into lengthy deals meaning most or all of the revenue goes to private firms.
Bereaved relatives, cancer patients, the disabled, and even nurses are among those who have to stump up for parking.
Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “It is a tax on sick people who sometimes struggle to pay.
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust £2.57 million Source