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Three dailies splash on hospital parking as probe proves ‘big talking point’

Hospitals are making millions of pounds for year charging patients, staff and visitors to park their cars, a regional publisher’s probe has revealed.

Reach plc’s data unit has revealed the findings after running its annual investigation into the issue.

It also provided splashes for three sister dailies – the Birmingham Mail, Derby Telegraph and Newcastle-based title The Journal.

And localised versions of the story have been run by many of the publisher’s other titles across England as a result.

Claire Miller, deputy head of data journalism at Reach, ran the investigation.

She told HTFP: “We run this story each year, it’s tends to be a big talking point for our readers

“The information is published by the NHS for each trust across the country, so the Reach data unit puts together versions for all our sites in England.

“The published figures give information about how much income there has been from patients and visitors and how much there has been from staff, as well as figures for the costs of providing parking and the average amounts charged.”