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Bradshaw reiterates call for permanent free hospital parking for staff

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has restated her view free hospital car parking for staff should be made permanent, after the Health Minister announced a four-month extension.

Robin Swann approved the move, allowing free parking for HSC staff from April 1 until July 31.

“A four-month extension to free parking for health and social care staff is of course welcome, but again only re-emphasises this should be made permanent,” said South Belfast MLA Ms Bradshaw.

“Charging already low-paid shift workers for car parking is in effect a tax on employees merely for turning up to work.

“There is a clear chance to change this permanently now, and I would advocate the Minister bring forward proposals to do this urgently.”