Today the Daily Express is launching a crusade to help the sick, the elderly and their families by calling for an end to unfair hospital car park charges. As many as 74 hospitals made more than £500,000 from parking in the last financial year, with 46 taking more than £1million. The injustice of these fees has been exposed by Freedom of Information requests to health trusts which reveal 79 per cent are charging for parking, with some demanding as much as £500 a week for long-stayers. Full story >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows a man lying on the ground in a hospital car park. The emergency ambulance workers are preparing to give him oxygen. His wife, who is cradling her husband, tells them, "He fainted when he saw the parking charges!" The parking machine says that parking costs £5 per hour, with a £2000 fine (for non-payment, one assumes).
1. To faint is to suddenly become unconscious for a short time, and usually fall to the ground. • Many people in the crowd fainted in the heat.
2. A charge is an amount of money that you have to pay, especially when you visit a place or when someone does something for you. • There is a charge of £50 if you are over a week late with your payment.