A decision to massivly hike staff parking charges at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCHT) have been called a kick in the teeth for low paid workers, by a union.

Workers could see the cost rise to over £300 a year after the trust decided to stop a subsidy provided to staff as it could no longer justify the £40,000 cost.

Calling the move an "extremely difficult decision", Lezli Boswell, chief executive at the RCHT, said: "We have kept the costs below those of other NHS Trusts in the region and fixed the parking charges on our site for three years but recognise that any increase will not be popular.

"The main reason for the increase is that the trust has decided to stop the subsidy we provide to staff for car parking and Cornwall Council has decided to remove the concessionary priced Park & Ride permits available to hospital staff."