The government is to cover the costs of free car parking for NHS and social care staff.
All NHS trusts across England have been instructed to scrap car parking charges for NHS staff for the duration of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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.
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.
According to the new guidance, free parking should not be limited to NHS car parks but also on-street parking and council run pay and display car parks.
Going above and beyond.
Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 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.”