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Jamie Reed MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, in response to reports that one in four hospital trusts have increased car parking charges for patients and visitors, said:

"These are stealth taxes on people already at a low ebb; families and patients, at what is already a difficult time in their lives, can be clobbered by car parking charges.

"It is no way for the NHS to meet its £20bn efficiency challenge - by bleeding dry families who are already suffering.

"The Government needs to set guidelines about what is and isn't acceptable - but doubling the cost of parking is clearly unfair on hard-pressed families."

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