PIERS Morgan has knocked “definitely horrible” ₤ 500 parking charges for NHS heroes on the frontline of the fight against Covid.
The Good Morning Britain firebrand hit out after hearing bosses at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust will claw in cash from tired personnel – in spite of a Federal government pledge to money medical facilities to axe parking charges for employees.
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Bosses at state they are presenting the charges “to handle need” to lower long queues at its two hospitals, the Mirror reports.
In 2015, Piers had parking fines for NHS employees cancelled after waging war on profiteering councils.
And today, he labelled the trust ‘greedy’.
” We have actually revealed what it’s like in health centers today,” he said.
” These personnel need to tolerate the majority of terrible conditions after relentless heartbreak, agony and torture for almost a year, and the benefit is they get struck with a ₤ 500 charge to park in the grounds of the health center they’re conserving lives in.
” It is a complete disgrace.”
He and Susanna Reid likewise aired video footage from a previous show of Matt Hancock vowing that no NHS worker will be charged to park throughout the crisis.
In the clip, the Health Secretary said: “We don’t have parking charges and we’re not going to over course of pandemic.”
Last month, we reported that health center personnel in Cornwall and the Wirral had been left in tears after they were slapped with tickets.
And one NHS employee from the Epsom and St Helier trust has today said the changes have sparked fury.
” A lot of the staff are mad since we’ve had no perks during the pandemic,” they told the paper.
” Some people are isolating, some have Covid, we’ve had staff die of Covid, consisting of nurses, cleaners, porters.
” We’re working our socks off, where’s the pat on the back?
” We have actually had 2 staff die in the previous 2 weeks. It’s dreadful and such a demanding time.
” There are around 10 individuals per day passing away of Covid. It’s a tough time and I can’t pay for to pay these charges.”
Figures show the trust trousered ₤ 3.3 million in cars and truck parking profits from April 2019 to March 2020.
It says less than 10 per cent of this was from staff.
Parking charges were reinstated in late January.
The changes men staff must pay at least ₤ 500 for a card that enables them to park in the hospital premises for a year.
These personnel need to endure a lot of horrible conditions after ruthless heartbreak, misery and torment for nearly a year Piers Morgan
Helen O’Connor, regional organiser for the GMB union, said: “Our members have worked tirelessly to conserve the lives of local individuals during this pandemic and they have willingly covered overtime to support the trust to handle the big influx of really unhealthy patients.
” Instead of providing them a reward for their steadfast efforts throughout this pandemic the trust is subjecting these vital NHS personnel to service charges to work around the clock.”
A survey of 2,000 NHS staff recently discovered 6 per cent had actually stopped being charged and are again paying.
On the other hand, 8 percent have been paying fees throughout the crisis.
A trust spokesperson stated: “During the extraordinary times of this pandemic, we have introduced a variety of measures to support our remarkable staff including totally free hot meals every day, and a broad range of measures to assist personnel health and wellbeing.
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” We did have complimentary parking in place whenever possible from March to January.
” Unfortunately, as we started to renew outpatient visits and prepared care procedures following the very first wave, our parking lot ended up being far too busy, and we had no other option however to reintroduce some charges merely to handle need.
” In spite of using all staff access to totally free and affordable parking choices close by, along with increasing our complimentary park and trip services and introducing extra choice up and drop off spots, the circumstance had actually ended up being so difficult that we were causing large tailbacks onto public highways, and discovering a space was so tough that staff were late for work and patients late for long-awaited appointments.”