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Confusion over end date to free hospital car parking for NHS staff

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The government had reportedly confirmed free hospital car parking would come to an end, but a senior tory claims no decision has been made.

In March, the government confirmed it would cover the cost of providing free car parking to NHS staff working in hospitals in England as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The local government secretary also agreed that local councils would offer free car parking to all NHS workers and social care staff during the outbreak.

But reports suggested that the free NHS car parking measure would come to an end as the government looks to withdraw funding after the coronavirus crisis.

Ministers claimed charges would be reintroduced as the emergency measures “couldn’t continue indefinitely” and this was met with backlash from trade unions and political parties.

However, senior tory Nicky Morgan MP has rejected the claims, saying there’s “no foundation” to the reports.

And Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour party asked Boris Johnson about the reports to remove free parking for NHS staff.

The Prime Minister said: “Hospital car parks are free for NHS staff for this pandemic.”

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