Clap For Carers, Now Clamp For Carers?

Benefits Of Working For The West Lancashire Borough Council

“Car Parking. There are ample car parking facilities at all of our sites and all Council employees receive free car parking”.

Benefits of working for the NHS. “Car parking. NHS staff pay to park to go to work in our hospitals”.

Because of coronavirus, free parking for NHS staff by NHS Trusts was introduced. So far that has not ended and nothing has changed since the announcement on 25 March.  However, free parking for staff has only been made possible by support from local authorities and independent providers and this support cannot continue indefinitely.

Health minister Edward Argar has now said he is looking at how long the support will “need” to go on. “The government wants to make good on its promise of free hospital parking for the disabled, frequent outpatient attendees, and parents of sick children who are staying overnight and night shift workers.

“Implementation of this commitment has been on hold whilst the NHS has been managing the COVID-19 pandemic and devoting its hospital parking capacity to staff and other facilities necessary for managing the pandemic”.

Alex Flynn, chief of staff of the British Medical Association, tweeted “From clap for carers, to clamp for carers the government needs to think again. Keep it free like Wales and most of Scotland”.

Are we finished with “Saving the NHS” and back to “Screwing the NHS”? Have we clapped the NHS and now we will watch clamping of NHS workers? Are the smug free parkers of WLBC not ashamed to take this benefit? It’s not free, it’s charged against all WLBC taxpayers, including NHS staff who live in West Lancashire. Not bad for a Labour controlled WLBC just following what the Tory controlled WLBC did?

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