CASH-STRAPPED NHS staff are being forced to shell out more in hospital parking fees than they earn in a day. Health workers can be fined £140 for not displaying a permit - and can spend up to an hour searching for a space, a shock survey reveals. Research by Unison showed that more than three in five NHS staff in England say they have to pay for parking permits, in some cases costing £100 or more a month, but hardly any have a guaranteed space. A newly qualified nurse earns just £94.20 per day, while a healthcare assistant's daily rate is £71.44. More than half of the workers surveyed said they're often late for work, with some spending an hour a day looking for a space. And most said the cost of parking at work has increased in the past two years. The findings are based on a survey of more than 3,500 health workers including nurses, therapists, healthcare assistants, receptionists, secretaries and NHS students who have no option but to drive to work. Unison's … [Read more...] about NHS staff forced to pay more than they earn for hospital parking – and some spend an HOUR a day looking for a space
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They take on gruelling night shifts and save lives every day - so should doctors and nurses at hospitals across Greater Manchester also face the burden of paying for parking at work? The income from staff parking at just four of Greater Manchester's smaller hospital trusts (the others wouldn't tell us) came to £1.9m last year. The mammoth Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust was among those who declined to reveal their income from staff parking. But with a total parking bill of £3.3m for patients and staff last year, it's likely to be a hefty figure. Charges vary wildly between trusts, and depending on salary - from £19.20 to £62 a month. See below for a full breakdown of income and charging. The region's trust bosses have told the M.E.N. that parking fees are ploughed back into car park maintenance, security and lighting - avoiding vital funds being taken from healthcare services. Any excess, they say, is used to fund clinical services. But NHS staff and … [Read more...] about Should NHS staff really have to pay to park at hospitals they work at?
A green travel plan being brought in by the NHS trust that runs Worthing and Southlands hospitals will see staff parking permit prices increase for the first time in ten years. The scheme will include new park-and-ride services to and from Brooklands Park, in East Worthing, and Fontwell Park, outside Chichester, as well as investment in improved facilities for walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists such as CCTV, lockers and showers.Additionally, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, is joining the easitNETWORK, providing staff with 15 per cent off rail travel and discounted bus fares. Some staff have opposed the move, with more than 1,300 people signing a petition that said it would ‘force’ them to use the park-and-ride and, in some cases, travel further every day.It also referenced the recent pay deal – which could see NHS staff wages rise by 6.5 per cent over the next three years – as not being … [Read more...] about West Sussex NHS staff question first parking fees increase in a decade
Working for the NHS can be one of the most gruelling and difficult occupations in the country. However it's not all bad. There's now free food involved! Iceland have just launched a new deal that gives every single NHS and emergency services worker that shows their NHS bonus card at the till a voucher for free pizza or ice cream. It works by giving you two bonus receipts alongside your usual shopping one, giving you a free store brand pizza, and a free Iceland ice cream, worth £1 each. Read More More NHS news Shoppers get two till printed coupons between September 9 and 15 when they swipe their Emergency Service Bonus card at the till, so you'll need to be quick if you want the free pizza and ice cream. The same coupons can then be redeemed between September 9 and 22. The offer was originally spotted by Rosie Hunt, who shared the deal on money-saving parent Facebook group Bargain Buys for Busy Mums. The Mirror has double checked the deal with Iceland, who confirmed that … [Read more...] about NHS staff can get free pizza and ice cream from this supermarket
If you work in the NHS and don't whip out your ID card every time you reach for your wallet, you could be missing out on some amazing deals. There are hundreds of businesses who want to say thank you to our NHS staff, healthcare staff and public service heroes by offering big discounts on their products. Last week, the Victoria Inn at Perranuthnoe became the latest business to offer discounts to all NHS staff and public service heroes as a way of saying thank you. The Blue Light Card is one of the most popular services and offers savings to all lifesavers in the NHS, Emergency Services and Armed Forces. Health Service Discounts delivers discounts and deals for all health service professionals, their family members and even friends. There are currently 250 brands on the site, from Adidas to Zizzi. Other outlets often don't advertise their discounts, but are available when you show your NHS ID or Blue Light Card at the checkout. Here are some of the best deals we've found available right … [Read more...] about The best NHS staff discounts and deals for public service heroes