Hartlepool's MP has condemned parking charges after new figures show the town's hospital trust took in nearly £6million over three years.
Nearly two thirds of NHS trusts have already signed up to a voluntary scheme to slash sales of sugary soft drinks, milkshakes and hot drinks with added sugar syrups, to 10% or less of all beverages sold.
However, the Trust's figures were just a fraction of that earned by University Hospital Southampton, where staff and visitors paid £3,730,000 in the last financial year.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, said: "It's important the NHS practices what it preaches on healthy food and drink".
Some hospitals defended their revenues, saying some or all of the money was put back into patient care or was spent on maintaining auto parks and grounds.More news: Facebook Class A (NASDAQ:FB) Short Interest Decreased By 9.79%
Some 14 national suppliers, including WH Smith, Marks & Spencer and Greggs have signed up to the NHS voluntary scheme along with 141 of 232 trusts.
At Salisbury District Hospital, a total of £1,554,352 came in to the NHS Foundation Trust that way during 2016/17.
Foundation Trust made more than £1.5million in auto parking charges a year ago, according to latest figures. That was £342,000 from staff and £735,000 from patients and visitors.
Both hospitals would love to be in a position where they didn't need to charge for parking but sadly we are a long way away from that.
Within the figures it is highlighted that the amount that patients and visitors contributed to the overall total was nearly double that of staff, with staff members paying £587,005 compared to £949,317 paid by members of the public.More news: South Korea is concerned about fraud in Bitcoin market
Some 120 NHS trusts across England were asked to give figures on parking charges and fines under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, of which 111 responded.
Southend, Colchester, Bedford, Addenbrooke's, Ipswich, the James Paget, Northampton and Milton Keynes all made at least £1m each, according to the Press Association.
But she said that did not make the current situation acceptable.
The figures also highlight that the Trust added to its parking income in 2016/17 with nearly £13,000 in penalty fines. That was slightly down on £1,063,337 earned in 2015/16 (£431,616 staff, £631,721 patients/visitor).More news: Deutsche Bank Increases Universal Display (OLED) Price Target to $190.00