PARKING charges at Rotherham Hospital have topped £3.4 million in five years, the Advertiser can reveal.
The annual total collected has almost doubled during that time, from £496,130 in 2010/11 to £951,388 last year.
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said the rise had been caused by an increase in visitor numbers as well as prices.
Parking at the Moorgate Road site brought in £506,708 in 2011/12, £708,981 the following year and £799,482 in 2913/14.
A spokeswoman for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: “Increases in the amount of money raised through car parking charges at Rotherham Hospital are mainly down to increases in ticket prices and increases in the amount of people coming for appointments or to visit.
“Occasional rises in parking charges are necessary so that we can continually maintain our car parks and roadways to keep them safe, well-lit and secure for patients and visitors.
“The trust makes every effort to keep prices low and offers some of the cheapest parking among hospitals in South Yorkshire.”
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