Labour set to prove free parking for hospitals

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has expressed plans to provide free parking at NHS Hospitals.

The free-parking plan was unveiled at Corbyns visit to a nursing school in Worcester.

Corbyn has said that he will end what he called a “tax on serious illness”.

NHSThe party said that the estimated £162m cost would be funded by an increase in tax on private health insurance premiums.

Mr Corbyn said: “Our hospitals are struggling from under-funding at the hands of Theresa May’s Conservative government, but the gap should not be filled by charging sick patients, anxious relatives and already hard-pressed NHS staff for an essential service.”

Unison have backed the instead saying that some hospitals are charging staff around £100 a month for parking.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis added: “The cost of hospital parking is heaping excessive financial pressure on health employees who’ve gone for years without a decent pay rise.”

Labour has said that a tax rate on private health premiums from 12% to 20% would raise the additional funds needed.

 

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