Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh parking permit: Nicola Sturgeon says ‘NHS staff shouldn’t have to pay’ to park at work

MSP Miles Briggs took concerns from hospital staff to the Prime Minister in Parliament on Tuesday, saying more than 20,000 people had signed a petition calling for an overhaul.

The Conservative MSP asked if Ms Sturgeon thought frontline NHS staff working night shifts should still be given the option of a parking space, and asked if she would agree to a nationwide review of hospital parking for staff at the NHS.

Register to our daily newsletter

The newsletter mute the noise

Read more

Read more

Covid Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon announces restrictions on indoor events and…

In response, the Prime Minister agreed that NHS workers should not have to pay to park their cars while at work, reminding MSPs that she was the health secretary who scrapped charges in the car parks belonging to the NHS.

“Early on in the pandemic, of course, Jeane Freeman, when she was health secretary, was successful in getting the PFI parking fee waived [private finance initiative] car parks that still had them, so that’s an important principle, she said.

“I will ask the Health Secretary to discuss particular issues with the Health Board so that we can ensure – particularly at this exceptionally difficult time – that those working on the frontline of our NHS are not unfairly penalised. “

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh parking permit: Nicola Sturgeon says ‘NHS staff shouldn’t have to pay’ to park their car at work.

NHS Lothian previously said planning regulations limited the number of parking spaces and that it had to balance the needs of staff, patients and visitors.

Editor’s note: Thank you for reading this article. We are counting on your support more than ever, as the change in consumption habits caused by the coronavirus has an impact on our advertisers.

If you haven’t already, consider supporting our trusted and verified journalism by signing up for a digital subscription.