SNP MSP Sandra White is calling on private parking firms to ditch charges at hospitals over the coming months, to ensure ‘hero’ NHS staff at continue tackling the corona virus pandemic.
While the SNP scrapped parking charges at all NHS-run hospital car parks, charges remain in place at so-called PFI hospitals such as Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Ninewells hospital in Dundee.
Many NHS staff are working longer hours to deal to help tackle the virus on the frontline, despite transport links to hospitals being reduced.
The Glasgow Kelvin MSP has now penned a letter to parking bosses urging them to “show solidarity” with health service staff and scrap the charges, that can cost up to £20 a day, for the duration of the pandemic.
Commenting, Sandra White said:
“In times of crisis we all need to step up and do what we can help. Our NHS staff in particular are under incredible strain, tackling this infection on the frontline every day.
“But while our NHS heroes are working longer hours to deal with the pandemic, public transport to and from hospitals is being reduced.
“It’s now time for these private car parking companies to play their part in fight against corona virus too, and scrap charges at Scottish hospitals so NHS staff can get to work and focus on the task at hand.
“As a nation, this is the greatest test we’ve faced in a lifetime – during these uncertain times we must show solidarity and work together for the greater good.
“I’m sure these parking firms will do the right thing.”