Piers Morgan has slammed the ‘shameful’ NHS trusts who are charging staff £500 to park at the hospital.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, who is known for not mincing his words, branded the move ‘absolutely disgusting’ during Wednesday morning’s show.
Raging, he said: “These staff have had to put up with the most terrible conditions.
“Utter relentless agony and heartbreak for nearly a year and the reward is that they get hit with £500 a year parking to park in the grounds of the hospital where they are saving lives.
“It is a complete disgrace.”
His comments come after it’s emerged that bosses at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust are billing workers to ‘to manage demand’ and shorten queues, reports The Mirror.
This move has infuriated staff, with one telling the publication: “A lot of the staff are angry because we’ve had no perks during the pandemic.
“Some people are isolating, some have COVID, we’ve had staff die of COVID, including nurses, cleaners, porters.
“We’re working our socks off, where’s the pat on the back?”
From April 2019 to March 2020, figures show car parking accounted for £3.3 million in revenue. Yet less than 10 per cent of this was from workers.
Parking charges were reimposed from January 26. So for the year, it’s required they pay at least £500 for a card.
It has been stated by the trust that parking rates are calculated based on employees’ salaries.