Please thank the NHS, & stop deducting their wages if they use their own staff car park!

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As a GP I am very proud to be a part of our NHS but I am unsurprised by the astonishing work and devotion that is being done to save as many lives as is humanly possible during this crisis. I expected nothing less. 

Now, as with generations before ours, a small minority of our population finds itself with the skill and the bravery to step up in our nation's hour of need. 

This is not the first time that so much is owed by so many to so few, nor will it be the last, but this is our time. It is the NHS and its workforce that stands between us and the greatest mass tragedy we have faced in generations.

All I asked for was that the government stopped the astonishing practice of charging Hospital Staff to park at work, which distracts them (the fines are sometimes huge) and degrades the value of the work they do.

In March when I started this campaign, people listened. After more than 415,000 people signed up, the government acted and provided fee car parking for NHS and social care staff. 

In July, Health minister Edward Argar said the government was looking at how long the support will “need” to go on. He has added the support “cannot continue indefinitely”. Soon thereafter hospitals began charging staff again.

Now, the second, bigger, wave is upon us, my request remains simple: Please stop charging this workforce to use their own staff car parks. That's all I'm asking.

It is unkind, unsafe and unreasonable to expect exhausted NHS staff to walk home at the end of their shift, or take a paycut for simply using their own staff car park.

The so called "Hancock Tax" is applied to NHS Hospital Staff that use staff parking as a deduction from their pay before they receive it. The parking fees can be severe. As much as £2 per hour can be deducted from the pay of NHS staff, for some that is more than 20% of their salary.

Mr Hancock, are you really sure that you want to encourage somebody that has spent their day clearing up infected body fluids to travel home on public transport?

Mr. Hancock, Mr. Sunak, Mr. Johnson, if you really are as grateful as you say you are to your NHS staff, then please abolish NHS Staff parking fees and fines throughout the UK (as they are already in Wales and Scotland) immediately and forever.

Please help me fix this issue once and for all.  You are part of our team. Let’s work together, support the NHS and save lives.