I’ve had a response to my Freedom of Information request to Good Hope Hospital (PDF) for their income from parking charges – and their expenditure.
This is how they say it breaks down:
What makes me curious about these figures is that the hospital appears to be making a consistent loss on parking – of between £140,000 (08/09) and £280,000 (07/08). Often hospitals claim they outsource parking because it is supposed to be done more efficiently. I’m not sure how a car park which costs £1.2m per year to run can be seen to be efficient.
Meanwhile, while the Lib Dem figures showed parking charges rose by 20% from 06/07 to 07/08; these figures show that that rate has continued.
Curiously, the figures above differ from those obtained by the Liberal Democrats by around £60,000 – I’m not sure why.
But more importantly, I’m not clear how you can spend £1.2m on a car park – and that’s my next question to the Heart of England NHS Trust.
If you want to help me find out more, post a comment and I can invite you to the investigation.