STAFF at Barnsley Hospital forked out almost £500,000 to pay for parking last year – prompting unions to call for a ‘blanket ban’ on charges for workers.

Latest NHS England figures show Barnsley Hospital earned £1.3m from parking charges in 2023 – up from £257,000 the year before.

This was made up of a combination of £863,000 from visitors, and £450,000 from staff.

Rachel Harrison, GMB national officer, said NHS workers have been ‘hammered by pay cuts, the pandemic and chronic understaffing’, and called on ministers to enforce a blanket ban on NHS staff parking charges.

She added: “Of course trusts are short of cash after years of underfunding – but the money they claw back from charging staff to park is a drop in the ocean, while it can mean the difference between getting by and going under for hard-pressed staff.”