Tory backbenchers said it defied belief that hospitals were being forced to pay business rates at the same time the Government was desperately trying to find money to put IN to the health service.
And they said the cash freed up for hospitals could – in part – go towards waiving rip-off car park fees slapped on patients and nurses.
Both Tory MPs Peter Bone and Rob Halfon have lodged private members bills in the Commons to force the Government’s hand – but claim Ministers “block” the attempts.
Ratings experts Altus say 1,544 NHS hospitals will pay £399.2 million in business rates this year – up £80 million on 2016-2017. The Royal London Hospital will fork out £9 million alone.
Car parking charges saw hospitals trouser £174 million last year.
Mr Bone said: “It seems to be a small way of improving things and putting more money into the NHS. I’ve no idea why the Government keeps blocking it.”
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