The government thinks we've stopped paying attention enough to allow it start charging NHS staff to park at their places of work again without triggering a massive online furore! Silly old government. What a silly government you are. Aren't you? Silly.
Today's ineptitude-fuelled fuss concerns measures introduced during the period that saw the worst of the coronavirus hospitalisations, when unlikely hero of the day Piers Morgan led calls to stop hospital trusts and councils charging their workers to park on NHS sites. It worked. But. A leak citing sources from the Department of Health and Social Care claims this arrangement is to come to an end soon, suggesting that only "key patient groups and NHS staff in certain circumstances" would qualify for free parking.
Health minister Edward Argar said support for the scheme "cannot continue indefinitely" because, we don't know, councils need to make money off lumps of tarmac it paid for in the 1990s? However, Lady Morgan, formerly in government under her civilian alter-ego of Nicky Morgan, said the decision to reintroduce parking charges for staff is "not even on the table" at the moment, probably because the idea flopped so badly it was hurriedly shuffled under the table, and will be brought back above the table in another couple of months, when they hope stupid old us lot will have forgotten. [Guardian]
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