- NHSE tells trusts they must meet government commitment on free parking
- Comes after concerns some trusts have not delivered commitment
NHS England has reiterated to trusts they must permanently offer free car parking to night shift staff and some patient groups from next month, amid concerns some will fail to meet government commitments.
In December 2019, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock committed NHS hospitals to providing free parking to night shift staff, as well as disabled patients, frequent outpatients, and parents of inpatient children.
He said this would be implemented by April 2020, but coronavirus meant the commitment was delayed due to capacity constraints, as trusts were told to temporarily offer free parking to all staff during the pandemic.
Then, in a response to a petition in the autumn of 2020, ministers said the permanent free parking offer for the patient groups and overnight staff would become mandatory from January 2021, albeit with some flexibility to continue responding to the pandemic.
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Date: 30 March 2021