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 today.
Government officials faced huge pressure this week to waive charges for all healthcare workers, who normally have to pay a fee to park at hospitals.
A petition to scrap parking charges for NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic this week received over 415,000 signatures, and now the Government is finally providing free parking for NHS workers and social care staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
National Car Parking (NCP) will provide NHS staff free parking at all 150 of their car parks in England.
Confirming the news, Health Secretary Matt Hancock 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."
More to follow.