Free car parking for NHS and social care staff at all hospitals funded by the government
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Free car parking for NHS and social care staff at all hospitals funded by the government

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Posted 25th Mar
Finally some better sense has prevailed vis-a-vis the parking for the NHS and social care staff who are in an all out battle against COVID-19 as the government today pledged to provide them free parking across all hospitals in the UK.

The government will cover the costs of providing free car parking to NHS staff working in hospitals during this unprecedented time, the Health Secretary has pledged today.

It comes as the Local Government Secretary has agreed local councils will also offer free car parking to all NHS workers and social care staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

In the face of this global pandemic it is essential NHS and social care staff are able to carry out their vital work without worrying about paying for car parking. Government is rightly committing to providing the financial backing NHS Trusts need to make this a reality in hospitals for the duration of this viral outbreak.

Now I am not sure if this is a deal or a discussion, but felt worthy of sharing here.

Hope it helps someone.
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It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be during this crisis. It should be all the time.
miikeyblue25/03/2020 22:16

It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be …It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be during this crisis. It should be all the time.


Fully agree, find it really strange that the NHS staff have to pay for parking in the hospitals.
Should be free for all anyway. Didn't even know it wasn't for NHS staff before... appalling it wasn't!
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Don't worry... when the crisis is over they will put the staff car parking charge up to recoup the lost revenue
Edited by: "sam1970" 25th Mar
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It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be during this crisis. It should be all the time.
miikeyblue25/03/2020 22:16

It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be …It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be during this crisis. It should be all the time.


Fully agree, find it really strange that the NHS staff have to pay for parking in the hospitals.
miikeyblue25/03/2020 22:16

It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be …It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be during this crisis. It should be all the time.


They also fine you for the stupidest things. Rude and arrogant g4s. I hope this doesn't just last for this.
Thanks for the share, yes it is shame NHS staff have to pay for parking.
I pay around £400 a year for it!
Don't worry... when the crisis is over they will put the staff car parking charge up to recoup the lost revenue
Edited by: "sam1970" 25th Mar
Should be free for all anyway. Didn't even know it wasn't for NHS staff before... appalling it wasn't!
Heat added
Tazzyiness25/03/2020 22:21

They also fine you for the stupidest things. Rude and arrogant g4s. I …They also fine you for the stupidest things. Rude and arrogant g4s. I hope this doesn't just last for this.


Most of the car parks management is outsourced to other companies who as you rightly said are rude beyond belief, total thugs in my view, harassing you for the smallest of things.
Postcode parking, some do get it free. Patients and staff are being exploited by private companies.
exel196625/03/2020 22:26

Postcode parking, some do get it free. Patients and staff are being …Postcode parking, some do get it free. Patients and staff are being exploited by private companies.


At the end its the hospital trust that has given the management of the parking space to these private companies and are to be blamed. At the leas they should ensure free parking or subsidisded parking for their own staff in my view.
Spitroast200625/03/2020 22:24

Should be free for all anyway. Didn't even know it wasn't for NHS staff …Should be free for all anyway. Didn't even know it wasn't for NHS staff before... appalling it wasn't! Heat added


£500 a year for me, and I think that's by no means one of the highest.
sam197025/03/2020 22:23

Don't worry... when the crisis is over they will put the staff car parking …Don't worry... when the crisis is over they will put the staff car parking charge up to recoup the lost revenue


Prob true. They should get it off the banks they bailed out last time who have made thier money back in 10 years.
Finally
This should be forever and not just at the moment
This is great news! Q-Park earn millions offering nothing in return and you can guarantee they'll be patrolling and invoicing the government for every single car during this period. Parasites.
Edited by: "StinkingQuentin" 25th Mar
Voted hot! Parking should be free for both, NHS staff and pattients too. It takes hours to find a space, you want the hard working staff to rest, not to come at least an hour before their shift to seek a parking place. What is even worse is staff pays for parking permits but it is first come, first served, they sell as many permits as they can but they do not have the capacity to accomodate all which is really wrong. Patients come to the hospital because they are ill, not fir to go in circles to look for a space or to park miles away and walk.
Glad to see finally a deal that includes social care staff. Everybody talks about NHS but majority never think of the importance of social care staff. If you don't know, social workers visits patients to do their job, have to pay for parking. Quite often they can't find any.
While everybody has Corona Virus in mind now and they feel for the NHS staff (which I believe do a good job), people should think once the virus is gone, social care will experience more and more cuts and this will affect most of us in long term.
sheffield78825/03/2020 22:45

Voted hot! Parking should be free for both, NHS staff and pattients too. …Voted hot! Parking should be free for both, NHS staff and pattients too. It takes hours to find a space, you want the hard working staff to rest, not to come at least an hour before their shift to seek a parking place. What is even worse is staff pays for parking permits but it is first come, first served, they sell as many permits as they can but they do not have the capacity to accomodate all which is really wrong. Patients come to the hospital because they are ill, not fir to go in circles to look for a space or to park miles away and walk.Glad to see finally a deal that includes social care staff. Everybody talks about NHS but majority never think of the importance of social care staff. If you don't know, social workers visits patients to do their job, have to pay for parking. Quite often they can't find any. While everybody has Corona Virus in mind now and they feel for the NHS staff (which I believe do a good job), people should think once the virus is gone, social care will experience more and more cuts and this will affect most of us in long term.


Totally agree with you but hospitals in cities often have their carparks mis-used by companies nearby- the parking attendents rather than fleecing staff and visitors should be fleecing them - although not now asneither are working and hospital carparks cannot be enforced unless they have barriers
I work at a hospital and we have to pay for parking , staff car passes are rare and expensive. So I park 15 mins away in a dodgy area and walk! Which isn't great when it's raining and I've got to take my laptop with me!
Edited by: "polarbaba" 25th Mar
matwalaboy25/03/2020 22:21

Fully agree, find it really strange that the NHS staff have to pay for …Fully agree, find it really strange that the NHS staff have to pay for parking in the hospitals.



It's strange that the government is using taxpayer money to pay parking firms to allow NHS staff free parking on government owned land.

When the bbc say "everything has changed. nothing can be the same" I really hope they're talking about these sorts of abuses.
About time. It should stay like this not just for Covid19
dp_r25/03/2020 22:23

Thanks for the share, yes it is shame NHS staff have to pay for parking.I …Thanks for the share, yes it is shame NHS staff have to pay for parking.I pay around £400 a year for it!


I paid £9 a day so my ex, a student nurse could work on placement for 12 hours for no money whilst making a real difference as she was already part qualified. Shame shame shame. Still I paid because it helped people as did she.
bubblegum291025/03/2020 23:12

Free parking in Wales & Scotland …Free parking in Wales & Scotland https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45347166 https://news.gov.scot/news/free-parking-saves-patients-over-25m


Different legal jurisdictions (as it should be) and I'm glad you guys are sorted. The last two jurisdictions to sort are England and the City of London.
goatless25/03/2020 23:09

It's strange that the government is using taxpayer money to pay parking …It's strange that the government is using taxpayer money to pay parking firms to allow NHS staff free parking on government owned land.When the bbc say "everything has changed. nothing can be the same" I really hope they're talking about these sorts of abuses.


Yup makes no sense, I can only imagine the hospital trusts themselves don't want to manage their own parking space as its not their core business/area of speciality, and hence they end up outsourcing it to the parking firms to manage who then end up charging everyone, presumably on the trust's behalf.
matwalaboy25/03/2020 23:26

Yup makes no sense, I can only imagine the hospital trusts themselves …Yup makes no sense, I can only imagine the hospital trusts themselves don't want to manage their own parking space as its not their core business/area of speciality, and hence they end up outsourcing it to the parking firms to manage who then end up charging everyone, presumably on the trust's behalf.



It just feels like we're being farmed.
Ok but how do we take advantage of this exactly? My car parking is taken out of my monthly wage
Just got an email from my trust confirming this
I don't mind paying a reasonable charge to park as a patient. But I had to take my mum to North Middlesex hospital in North London a few months ago and had to pay for parking right after I parked the car rather than pay as you leave.

1. Surely the most important thing to do when you arrive at a hospital is being admitted not worrying about paying for parking right away.
2. Because I didn't know how long being seen was going to take, paying in advance meant I had to come back several times to top up at higher hourly cost each time. It ended up costing me double had i paid for the 5 hours in one go to begin with.

In the end we were refereed to another local hospital where I had to do it all over again. Took about 8 hours in total.

The NHS is amazing but there is so much that can be improved and all it needs is some common sense and a willingness.
mhd225/03/2020 23:44

Ok but how do we take advantage of this exactly? My car parking is taken …Ok but how do we take advantage of this exactly? My car parking is taken out of my monthly wage


I think you should get an email or confirmation from your trust about this pretty soon.
Giving this heat for the good of the person but really it should be cold. Just proves the government make money from those who are helping the needy and those loved ones for the needy. I am sure to recuperate any losses they'll be putting their prices up.
Hope it gets truly implemented, and not for Trust to Trust basis, as I pay 46/month
Still waiting for them to open their eyes and start paying hazard pay too.
About time. I've paid close to £450 in parking fines over the last 6 years as a Community Staff Nurse.
I agree parking should be free for NHS staff. But as the NHS has been underfunded for years now, the trusts sell the car parks to company's to manage and to try and gather some much needed money that is needed to try and keep up with the growing demand on there services. I hope the government honour the staff in the future by allowing free parking in the future, but sadly I think payment will resume once this epidemic is on the decline. I wonder if the long awaited phase 2 of the payrise in April will be honoured?!?
personally it should be free for nhs staff always,not just now
Tazzyiness25/03/2020 22:21

They also fine you for the stupidest things. Rude and arrogant g4s. I …They also fine you for the stupidest things. Rude and arrogant g4s. I hope this doesn't just last for this.


pwc in to local trust a while ago at a cost of £400k - their aim was to reduce waste and find funds.

they ‘saved’ our trust £450k - one of their keypoints was to put up parking charges for staff and patients.

nhs - cut to the bone. my wifes taken post-it notes abd boxes of pens in before now - just so little bits dont go on her budget. she has to fight for everything
In my area visitor car park is free from 1st but no visitors are allowed

They should be free on sundays at least
miikeyblue25/03/2020 22:16

It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be …It's great that they've recognised the need... but it shouldn't just be during this crisis. It should be all the time.


100%
I work at a hospital (in IT) so i can say for sure the situation is horrible. All my colleagues have to park off site and then walk in as the hospital car park is way to expensive (Why do employees have to pay?)

Let’s be clear about this, the parking is run by an outside company, so when the government says they are covering the cost, that is exactly what they are doing, the company that runs it will still be getting paid, this is still entirely not on during this crisis. Trusts are basically paying these companies for the parking and the goverament is giving then the funds to be able to do so.

This cost that goes to these companies making a fortune will be entirely funded by the tax payer who are already going to be facing a massive burden paying for everything that needs to happen right now.

Although this post makes it seem like good news, it is not so much. The companies behind these car parks need to share there part of the responsibility in this, all these companies happily make huge profits when times are good, in times of need like now they need to also bare some of the cost, this would not even cost them, barely anything to offer NHS free parking. I hope when this is all done, the government slaps tax on such companies to repay what they had too take back things they paid for that they should never of had to pay for in the first place.
Edited by: "ChildofChaos" 26th Mar
Parking should be free for all who have to go for the hospital. No one goes to the hospital for fun. There is absolutely no reason why outside parasite companies have to run these car parks.
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