CAR parking charges are to rise at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - again.
The current minimum charge is £1 for up to three hours.
But under a new pricing structure to be introduced on October 1, the minimum that patients and visitors can pay will be £1.20 for three hours, a rise of 20%.
And health chiefs have agreed to look at putting up prices for parking every year.
Parking charges doubled in February last year - up from 50p for three hours to £1 for three hours.
Hospital bosses say the increase brings it into line with neighbouring trusts: Airedale, Barnsley, Burnley and Sheffield.
But the Huddersfield charge is more than double the price paid in Dewsbury District Hospital, run by the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust where it costs 60p for three hours.
The charges apply to patients turning up for appointments or relatives visiting patients.
There is some free parking available but only for short-stay visits.
The board of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust was told by Mr John Lawlor, acting director of operations and facilities, that there had been relatively limited negative reaction from patients and visitors to the principle of paying to park.
Instead, people had been more concerned about being able to find a space.
"There has been a more significant reaction from staff to the introduction of car park permits for staff parking," he said.
But staff generally had not felt as strongly about the charges.
Mr Lawlor said: "Overall, the initial strong reactions have now significantly diminished.
"But access to car parking remains a concern in routine staff surveys."
The current price band of £4 for four to 10 hours at Huddersfield is being scrapped altogether.
Instead, people will have to pay £5 for four to 24 hours.
An intermediate charge of £2.50 for three to four hours is also being introduced.
Mr Lawlor proposed monitoring charges and recommended interim reviews and adjustments as necessary.
He recommended that the trust proposed progressively increasing charges on an annual basis, to bring them in line with neighbouring NHS trusts.
"The trust has virtually completed the difficult process of introducing a managed car parking regime across its main hospital sites," he said.
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