NHS staff to get free parking amid virus outbreak

NHS staff to get free parking

26.3.2020

NHS staff to get free parking

A petition signed by 400,000 called on the government to thank NHS staff by axing the fees.

Image copyright PA Media NHS and social care staff will be given free car parking during the coronavirus outbreak, the government has said. It comes after 400,000 people signed a petition urging the government to thank NHS workers by scrapping charges. GP Anthony Gallagher, who began the petition, welcomed the move but said fees should be abolished permanently. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I will do everything I can to ensure our dedicated staff have whatever they need during this unprecedented time.” The government has promised to provide NHS trusts with the money so they can offer free parking to workers at hospital car parks. Elsewhere, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick said he has agreed with local authorities in England that they will provide free car parking on council-owned on-street spaces and car parks. Read more: BBC News (UK)

They should never have been charged in the first place....that was kept quiet I wonder what else is Everyone should get free parking at hospitals. It's a hospital! Spare a thought for those of who are healthcare students, we generally have to pay visitor's parking rates and we're there working for free!

If MPs get a 2nd house closer to their place of work.. Free parking is the least they can do It’s a disgrace that they were charged at all It's disgusting that they were being charged in the first place Wow! NHS England charge staff for parking!! Thats shocking COVID19 You do we already have free hospital parking for everyone in Wales

meganmartin97 OpenUrMind313 Should've already been a thing; I hope it's forever? Priorities are there none PPEshortage

UK coronavirus live: hospital car parking charges waived for NHS staff in EnglandUK coronavirus live: Hospital car parking charges waived for NHS staff in England Oh so they weren't free like mr Johnson said. Should be waived permanently Let's avail this bad situation to spread humanity and love all over the world.

About time This is funny because where I work I’ve been told that I’m not allowed to park onsite 🥴 You do know that this is England only? They already did in Wales. Couldn’t be done before January tho. Cheers China Should be permanent!! imagine charging them in the first place And so they should anyway....

Wow, people who should be entitled to free parking at their place of work, are getting free parking at their place of work. It only took a pandemic guys... I still paid for my parking permit this month... I always have felt that the permit was a stealth tax on staff, at my current Trust its £30 a month and at my old Trust it was almost £50. The biggest kicker was that I am contracted to have a car so I can travel form site to site.

Just being able to park would be a massive help . In many trusts unless you live in excess of 16 miles , you aren’t even allowed the privilege of being allowed to pay for a space .

Petition to scrap car parking charges for NHS staff during coronavirus outbreak signed by 300,000Petition calls on the government to act during “our nation’s hour of need” Councils have scrapped it in many towns because of having to touch the machines. To be honest it's descusting that NHS workers pay anyway. 😊❤️✌️

One of the owners of NCP once lent his yacht to the queen. Too much money in car parking It shouldn’t have taken catastrophe for this to happen. I disagree with this. ALL staff should get free parking at their place of work! I can’t believe they were paying in first place.. When this is all over let's hope the government and NHS employers remember the value of our nurses when it comes to pay awards. Sadly, I suspect they'll have short memories! It's time for a rethink.

Piers Morgan on GMB... 'The government has promised to provide NHS trusts with the money so they can offer free parking to workers at hospital car parks.' There's no such thing as free What about free travel on trains amid the crisis? Please can we get free travel for the duration of the crisis as well... reduced services, staff pulling in extra shifts, costing us more to get in to work to support our colleagues - would make a huge difference for us all.

WoW, just WoW. Making your staff pay to park, which evil genius?

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Headline should read : NHS staff to get free parking in England. Parking for patients & staff is free in Wales & Scotland SayEngland They should never have had to pay in the first place Ridiculous that this is even a thing. They shouldn't have ever had to pay for their parking at work in the 1st place. Now give them proper PPE & proper support!!

Hope it stays like that for the decades to come because the government only cares about them when it’s times like this smh RichardAngell Well done for this, but the NHS staff should get free parking every day. Lets use this virus to make permanent changes for,the better! They shouldn’t have to pay. I hope this will be permanent

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They were paying to park? Wtf? Oh and when are they getting a salary increase? Wait so they’ve never had free parking This virus is exposing so much bullshit we’re oblivious to or stupidly accept lmaooo I should fucking well think so! Now they do this. Hurrah. It was a crime for this to have been disallowed in the first place. Also, pre-corona they should have had shuttlebuses picking staff up and paying for their transport. Funny how money is always found in an emergency.... NHSThankYou

Kashaveli_ Why this took a pandemic to change it is shocking tbh. But...but...but...Bozo Johnson stood up in Parliament and said this was the case WEEKS ago. Was he, y'know, lying? Did it really need a virus to force this Dose this include agency staff as well🤔🤔🤔 JordanTBY Madness that they have to pay in the first place if we’re honest

Should have been done earlier.

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Better give them it for life. They deserve it putting their lives at risk for us all. ProtecttheNHS ABOUT TIME!! No respect for them in this country!! That should be permanent, not only in corona times! What a clever idea!! imagine how many people died because staff had to take time looking for free parking daily

Why the bloody hell don't they get it already? This is nothing for anyone to be proud of, shameful it was t like this always! Free parking for life. Nice headline, however at Wigan hospital staff are being told they are not allowed to use the car park forcing them to pay elsewhere Never should have been charged to park ever!!

Very concerned that I’ve just watched a doctor on BBC News saying people can go out for a drive, with the presenter saying to take sandwiches and hand gel!!!! This is not what the government advise!!!!!

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Should be FREE for NHS staff any way Should be free anyway!!!! Wait they had to pay? Haha what They should never have had to pay in the first place This should stay in place after this virus situation. Why should they have to pay to park. In fact the only reason I would condone any parking charges at hospitals for visitors was if it went to the NHS. It doesn't it goes to private parking companies.

Pay them!!!! How they don’t in the first place is an absolute disgrace. This should be the case anyway. I should think so. About time...😏

Why do nhs staff have to pay anyway? Kept this out of the public eye for sometime, now its out that the staff has to pay for their car parking at hospitals is a piss take... They should never have to pay! Outrageous at these money grabbing vampire arse holes even charge staff at all All hospitals parking should be free for everyone, especially for the staffs. It’s such a shame when people have to be worrying about their loved ones as well as parking. And it can be mega expensive, the government should put a stop to this permanently.

Surely this should be made permanent MattHancock NHS Staff should get free parking PERIOD! Woopideedoo! They should always have had free parking. Should be much more than that ..... everywhere in the world Dyson makes ventilators I'm China. Disgraceful. 2/2, we are all Keynsians now, follow, btw, hospital PARKING charges should never have been instituted

Johnson, rarely been accused of harboring a strong belief in anything, sees Covid as the impetus to restore primacy to British economic theory from the last century — John Maynard Keynes, that government spending was curative when economic trouble occurs.1/2 How about railway station providing free parking

What kind of country are we living in when these heroes have to pay to park to do their job ....... oh yeah a money grabbing country which is being sold to the highest bidder ...... ie Russian oligarchs. ... WHO NEEDS BILLIONS. Apart from governments Shouldn't in general the NHS be getting free park all the time, giving the fact that they work in the hospital

piersmorgan should get some credit for this & other well needed changes! 👋🏻 Great news, but they should always get free parking! should always have been this way. Should never have to pay but well done They should have always had free parking... KRTNWILL What about other essential staff, Refuse collectors, bus and train drivers, people involved in the manufacture of PPE, people shopping for the old and vulnerable, the list goes on. BorisJohnson could make parking nationwide free for the next 2 months, why r wardens even working

Too little too late. When they introduced paid parking for NHS hospital workers it spelled the beginning of the end for the Nash. This is just a slap in the face for all the hardworking hospital staff. emptygesture Permanently 👍👍 MattHancock They should have free parking regardless! Is anyone else wondering why NHS staff had to pay parking to park at work in the first place?

Loads of Departments survive on agency / locum staff .. how do they reap this benefit? MattHancock BorisJohnson NHSuk How about free TV licences? They should have free parking every time they are in work saving people’s lives So freaking kidding, with this sitution? Really? They should get free parking in their work place anyway.

We need it all the time we are still looking after sick people irrespective of the pandemic

Good news but they should never have been charged in the first place. This only happens in England and that's discrimination. Free parking for life. It should have been done years ago, why shoul they pay when tbeyre looking after the sick!! purbrooktony !😡😡😡😡 How about free bus travels as well? free parking in wales all hospital for staff and visitor

So let’s see, I’ve paid for parking for the last 17 yrs, £34 for the privilege of not always getting a space, so why is Coronavirus time any different, staff shouldn’t have to pay full 🛑 Jeeeez - of course they should!!!! And not just in response to the virus crisis - for ever and for always going forward. If the NHS was properly funded in the first place they wouldn’t need to look to make profit from their staff!!

About time shouldn’t have had to in the first place. 😡 They should get free parking all the time if they are working. good, should have been the case since the beginning of time...

They weren't already? WTF does it take for this government to stop ripping our life savers off? They shouldn’t have to pay regardless. I mean how ridiculous. Why should they ever have paid? What about a free meal at work ? What happens after the virus issue is over ? its about time, the managers of the hospitals should be ashamed of there selfs for charging hospital staff in the first place.

Temporarily. THIS SHOULD ALREADY BE A THING Should be fucking free anyway!!!!! And this should stay permanently free... from now on... no matter what!!! Takes the pith when they pay every time to go and have to park. My wife drives 7 miles, she would need to take 3 bus’s to get to work. And then you charge her to park. Pile of shite

Any parking company who takes money away from health workers and indeed families of very ill patients who ‘need’ to park in their facilities should hold their heads in SHAME, this should permanent ..

The fact they had to pay in the first place is a national disgrace! Wow, what a huge reform! About time Can I get reimbursed for my bus fares as a care worker? This is the least they deserve. Why didn't the trusts do this off their own back, trust management fail looking after their biggest assets. Make it permanent not just in a crisis!!!! 😳

They should have free parking ALL THE TIME BorisJohnson govuk NHSuk NHSEngland VLF9 If you are a smoker or have tried to quite in the last 6 months you are at high risk of dying from coronavirus if you catch it. Anything to do or anything that harms your lungs you are in mega trouble

Does Prince Charles also get free parking with his free test? Sorry............... I meant do NHS staff also get a free test with their parking oooops! 🤭🤔 Nobody go out, there are loads free parking space anyway. Already free in Wales and Scotland Well done. But they deserve everything more than the others. Not necessarily more than working class people. But there are number of entitled and privileged beings moaning for everything!

About time! They should always be able to park for free! At last! It should be free for them always Earlier today we suggested that NHS (key workers - Doctors, nurses, laboratory staff) staff be given Free parking forever from now on excluding non-clinical staff. Is this news above related to same? Very good and much appreciated.

Should be free buses too They should have always had free parking

About time ThatsDevolved I should damn well think so! What happens when all the volunteers turn up 😂 They should anyway. About time! I’m surprised that anyone who goes out to save another’s life, has to pay for the privilege. When we come through all this I hope the NHS will be much more valued & a giant statue of NHS staff, dressed in masks and Vizors should be erected. So we never forget their sacrifice

I’m surprised that anyone who goes out to save another’s life, has to pay for the privilege. When we come through all this I hope the NHS will be much more valued & a giant statue of NHS staff, dressed in masks and Vizors should be erected. So we never forget this their sacrifice They should get parking free all the time not just now! 🙄🙄🙄

At a time of worldwide pandemic, we get free parking?! About bloody time! And they shouldn't EVER have to pay again Is it just me who thinks this should be a permanent thing for NHS staff? Why the fuck don't they get free parking anyway. Who has to pay to park at work, that's BS. If you need to charge visitors more, charge visitors more

Well that solves everything.



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