Piers Morgan revealed how viewers had reported traffic wardens had issued parking fines on cars owned by NHS staff. The Good Morning Britain host even pledged to pay for any parking tickets issued to NHS staff to help those on the frontline. Minutes later property expert Kirstie Allsopp pledged to go halves with Piers on the parking tickets after the shocking revelation.
The TV host said: “I will say now to any health worker. If any of you get a parking ticket at a hospital where you are working, I will pay it for you and then I will go to the government.”
Ms Allsopp added: “I will go half with you on these parking tickets. I totally get that.”
His comments came just minutes after the host challenged Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick on the issue of fines issued to hospital staff.
Mr Jenrick said: “I think that is a very fair point and we should be doing everything we can. Anything further that we can do to support them we should be considering.
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“The amount of times I’ve finished late off a busy shift in A&E and been hit with a parking ticket/fine. Now is not the time! Stand with your NHS not against it.”
Another social media user said: “My daughter is a doctor in an NHS hospital in London.
“Had to drive to work avoid public transport as per mayor announcement.
“Had to PAY for parking today and was told by an ‘essential worker’ traffic warden that she had to move her car by 12:00 midday or face a FINE.”
As well as heavy fines, healthcare workers have also been forced to pay strict hospital car parking fees.
Data shows NHS staff have paid £86million into hospital car parks in 2018/19 alone as staff were regularly asked to pay to get into work.
Hospitals have been seen to charge up to £10 per day for staff to park in a hospital parking bay unless permits can be secured.
Law changes coming into effect next month will mean healthcare workers on night shifts will receive free parking.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed parking charges for NHS staff were being reviewed.
She said the Scottish government wanted to do anything it could to help those on the frontline of the crisis.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed three Scottish hospitals will scrap their car parking fees from Monday.
Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary will see costs axed for three months next week amid the ongoing situation.
Ms Freeman said: “We cannot have barriers to staff working in the NHS. Last week I said I would act, if I could, to remove parking charges from those PFI car parks in our hospital settings.”
Published at Wed, 25 Mar 2020 07:54:00 +0000