SOLIHULL Hospital has raked in over £1m in the last two years from visitor car parking charges, the Solihull News can reveal.
Hospital bosses said this week the hundreds of thousands of pounds made each year is ploughed straight back into the maintenance and running of the car park.
Following a Freedom of Information request made to the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, figures reveal the hospital made £708,354 from visitor parking in 2010/11 and £684,769 in 2011/2012.
Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill), said: “This amount of money does concern me. Visitors already have the strain of going to see loved ones who are poorly, they then have the added pressure of having to pay out for parking charges, sometimes three or four times a day. This can mount up.”
It costs £2 to park for one hour, £3 for two and £4 for four hours. All day parking would cost a visitor £5.
The trust offers discounted rates for patients or visitors who are on low income or require to visit the hospital on multiple occasions, for example a three day ticket for £7 and a seven day ticket for £14.
Coun Ryan added: “I agree there should be concessions but £14 to visit a loved one for one week still seems an excessive amount.”
A Heart of England Trust spokesperson said: “Car parking charges are made at Solihull to cover the cost of the car park and security staff, ground maintenance, services and utility and capital charges. The hospital does not make a surplus on this income.
“We offer a wide range of concessions for patients and visitors who are on a low income.”