HOSPITAL trusts across the North East are bringing in tens of thousands of pounds a year charging parents-to-be for pictures of their unborn children.
Rachel Green, of the National Childbirth Trust, condemned hospitals making a profit from ultrasound scans.
“It is reasonable that hospitals should cover their costs in producing these photos, but they should not be making money,” she said.
“If they are making money, it should be ring-fenced so it can be spent within maternity units.”
County Durham and Darlington Trust, which runs the University Hospital of North Durham, charges £2 a picture.
It received £31,320 in payments in 2011-12, though it did not reveal how much of that was profit.
A spokeswoman said printed images had no diagnostic use and were only produced for the convenience of parents.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, which provides scans at Peterlee Community Hospital, made £28,060 from photos in 201-12, including a profit of £5,145.
A spokeswoman said the trust charged £2.50 per picture, though 42p went in tax.