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Rise in NHS hospital parking fees may see more people consider private medical cover

Published on 12/10/2010
More people may be considering taking out private medical cover following a new report highlighting the rising cost of parking at NHS hospitals.

A study by the Sunday Mirror has found that parking fees have risen by as much as 150 per cent since the summer at some NHS hospitals.

For example, Bishop Auckland Hospital in County Durham has raised the cost of a two-hour stay from £1 to £2.50, while charges at Watford General in Hertfordshire have gone up from £3 to £3.50 for three hours.

The increases were greeted with contempt by patients groups, with Katherine Murphy, of the Patients Association, telling the news provider: "It's opportunistic of NHS trusts to raise their car parking fees now. Patients don't need further stress having to worry about parking meters. It's an unfair tax on the sick."

Helen Rainbow, of Macmillian Cancer Support, added: "It's those who need help most who suffer."

The coalition government has announced a range of changes to the NHS in an effort to drive down costs and encourage efficiency.

However, these were recently described as "potentially damaging" by the British Medical Association.
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