Staff at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust paid almost £1m to park at their place of work last year

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Figures which show the rising cost of parking at Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals have been released under the Freedom of Information Act.

In 2011-12, Mid Yorkshire staff collectively paid £650,233 for their workplace parking permits. The figure rose to £911,125 the following year and reached £991,369 in 2013-14.

The cost of parking for employees rose by four per cent at the end of March, and some charges for patients and visitors rose by up to 20p.

The cost of a one-hour stay for patients and visitors remained at £1.30. A two-hour stay rose from £2.70 to £2.80, and stays of up to four hours went up by 10p to £4.10.

The charge for parking for between four and 24 hours also rose from £6.70 to £6.90.

Income from parking at Pinderfields and Pontefract hospitals goes to Consort Healthcare, a private company which built the hospitals under a Private Finance Initiative.

Information on parking concessions can be found on the trust’s website