Government to scrap free parking for NHS staff as coronavirus pandemic eases

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations NHS staff outside Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday.

Free hospital parking for NHS staff is to be scrapped by the government, in a move which critics have described as "disgusting".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on 25 March that the government would cover the costs of car parking for NHS staff who he said were "going above and beyond every day" at hospitals in England.

However, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ease, the Department of Health has said the free parking will continue only for "key patient groups and NHS staff in certain circumstances", although no further timeline has been given.

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Staff at Penlon in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, ship the final truck of ventilators out to the NHS. The Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium has produced 13,437 ventilators in 12 weeks. The Consortium includes UK technology, industrial and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, motorsport, automotive and medical sectors and includes Airbus, Ford, GKN Aerospace, McLaren, Siemens and Rolls-Royce.
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The British Medical Association (BMA) has said to reintroduce charges while the virus is still being fought would be "a rebuff to the immense efforts of staff across the country and the sacrifices they have made to keep others safe".

Good Morning Britain (GMB) host Piers Morgan described the move as "utterly disgusting".

He said: "You're not only going to risk your life, you have to pay for the privilege to risk your life."

Dr Hilary Jones added: "They're asking staff to pay £20 a day in most average hospitals, but up to £77 in some hospitals per day.

"There are no perks for NHS staff, they work over and above the hours they're paid for...

"If we're going to encourage people to do the kind of heroic work they've been doing, we need to support them."

Lib Dem co-leader Ed Davey told Sky News that the government "has got to u-turn on this".

He added: "It's unacceptable for it to treat our NHS staff like this – they should not be imposing these charges."

Tory peer Baroness Nicky Morgan told Sky News that the decision "should be looked at again".

She added: "It does seem very strange given how hard our NHS have worked over the last few months, that this decision has been taken."

Last week, health minister Edward Argar said the support to make free parking available "cannot continue indefinitely" and added that the government was looking at how long it would "need" to go on.

He said the government wanted to be able to make good on its promise of free hospital parking for the disabled, frequent outpatient attendees, parents of sick children who are staying overnight and nightshift workers.

Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Layla Moran said NHS workers must not be "saddled with extortionate parking charges" and said removing charges for staff had been "the right move".

She said: "Our healthcare workers deserved to have certainty that they could get to work without extra charges or hassle.

"Now the government must provide clarity and ensure our workers are not saddled with extortionate parking charges.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: "The BMA has always believed that it is unacceptable for staff who serve in our health service to be required to pay significant amounts of money to park their car in hospital grounds. This is even more salient as the nation recognises the immeasurable contribution of healthcare workers in fighting this pandemic.

"The government's decision to waive parking charges during COVID-19 was a welcome announcement, but to reinforce them, before we've even won the fight against this virus, is a rebuff to the immense efforts of staff across the country and the sacrifices they have made to keep others safe."

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that "nothing had changed" since the announcement was first made.

They added: "We want to make sure NHS staff can travel safely to work during the pandemic, which is why we requested that the NHS make parking free for staff, and that local authorities do the same with their car parks.

"When the pandemic begins to ease, the NHS will continue to provide free hospital car parking to key patient groups and NHS staff in certain circumstances. We will provide further updates on this in due course."

The department said the government "will commit to funding hospitals in England to improve parking".

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