March 26, 2020 / 7:23 AM / 11 days ago

UK provides free parking for health workers during coronavirus outbreak

FILE PHOTO: NHS workers do their shopping at Tesco supermarket in Newcastle-under-Lyme as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Newcastle-under-Lyme, Britain March 22, 2020 REUTERS/Carl Recine

LONDON (Reuters) - All National Health Service (NHS) staff working in hospitals will be given free car parking during the coronavirus outbreak, Britain’s health ministry said.

The government will cover the cost of the parking, the ministry said, adding that local authorities would also offer free parking to social care staff and volunteers.

“Our NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge, and I will do everything I can to ensure our dedicated staff have whatever they need during this unprecedented time,” health minister Matt Hancock said in a statement.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Alistair Smout

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