Grahame Morris MP has signed an Early Day Motion (EDM), tabled by Zarah Sultana MP, thanking NHS staff for their dedication during the coronavirus outbreak, noting that many of them have faced pay cuts since 2010, and expressing disappointment at Government plans to re-introduce car parking charges for NHS staff as the coronavirus outbreak eases.
EDM #693 welcomes the suspension of car parking charges for NHS staff in England since the outbreak of the pandemic, and calls on the Government to permanently scrap parking charges at NHS hospitals for staff, patients, and visitors.
Both Labour’s 2017 and 2019 manifestos pledged to end NHS staff parking charges for patients, visitors and staff. Labour created the NHS to be free at the point of use, and as such they pledged to get rid of all hidden charges in their most recent manifestos. They planned to increase the rate of Insurance Premium Tax to 20% for private healthcare insurance products to fund the policy.
A Freedom of Information request by Unison revealed some hospitals are charging staff, including nurses struggling with low wages, nearly £100 a month to park.
Grahame Morris MP said, “It did not take a pandemic for the Labour Party to recognise and appreciate the incredible work of NHS staff. That the Government is even considering re-introducing car parking charges for NHS staff is disgraceful, given the invaluable role that the NHS has played in recent weeks and months. I would urge the Government not to reverse the suspension of parking fees.”