Government give NHS staff free hospital parking after Piers Morgan said he’d pay

NHS staff will be given free car parking at all UK hospitals, days after Piers Morgan pledged to pay the fines of any coronavirus fighting healthcare worker.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced the department would be giving immediate financial backing for all NHS trusts to provide free car parking to NHS staff for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

Any costs hospitals incur giving NHS doctors and nurses free parking will be covered by the government during this unprecedented time.

The Health Secretary made the pledge days after Piers Morgan offered to pay the fines of any medics, telling the government he would be the one to challenge them in court.

The Local Government Secretary also agreed to offer free car parking to all NHS workers during the outbreak.

In a statement, the Department of Health and Social Care said: "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."

They added: "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."

NHS Trusts are responsible for setting car parking charges and Health Secretary Matt Hancock is urging all Trusts to immediately make use of government funding to abolish charges.

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The Health Secretary said: "Our NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge, and I will do everything I can to ensure our dedicated staff have whatever they need during this unprecedented time.

"So we will provide free car parking for our NHS staff who are going above and beyond every day in hospitals across England.

"My enormous gratitude goes out to the many NHS Trusts and other organisations already providing free car parking and I urge other Trusts to do the same with our backing.

"We will do what is needed to protect the NHS, support our health and care staff, and save lives as we tackle COVID-19."

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