Piers Morgan continues to ‘wage war’ on NHS parking tickets after vowing to pay all fines during coronavirus pandemic – The Sun

PIERS Morgan has vowed to continue "waging war" on parking tickets that have been received by the NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic after getting "many" cancelled.

In March, the horrified Good Morning Britain presenter told doctors and nurses to send him any fines that they received while on duty and he would deal with them.

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Earlier today, the 55-year-old star updated viewers on his promise, revealing that while he's had progress with a lot of the fines some authorities are refusing to back down.

Piers explained: "You may remember that I offered to pay for doctors and nurses who got parking tickets during the crisis, I said I would pay and then within 24 hours the government said that they were going to stop people being charged.

"I have had a lot of people write to me, and I said that what I would do rather than just pay them is fight the fight with every single one of the authorities trying to charge them."

He went on to heap praise on his personal assistant Tracy, who has been doing much of the legwork.

He said: "My very diligent PA Tracey has actually written on behalf of every single doctor, nurse, and consultant.

"There were many, many people who sent me tickets – Tracy, on your behalf, has been winning battle over battle and getting many tickets cancelled.

"Some of them have moved to the second stage of increased payment and we are writing back: 'Do you really want to do this?'"

Piers gave an example of a consultant who'd sent in a parking ticket that he had received while on call with the crisis team.

The star explained: "We've had no reply to an email sent asking if they'd be happy to be on the record fining a doctor who was on call during the crisis.

"So, just to let you know, the battle continues. There will be a proper update, I will name and shame all those who want payments, and I will write cheques – none of the people who wrote to me will pay.

"I want to wage war individually on every one of these tickets, I'll update you when the war is over."

Earlier this year, it was reported that doctors and nurses – plus low-paid porters – were still having to fork out across hospitals to use their car parks, despite the ongoing health crisis.

Piers was quick to step up and offer help at the time, saying on the breakfast show: "To any health worker, for the future of the crisis – however long it lasts – if any of you get a parking ticket at a hospital where you are working, I will pay it for you.

"I will pay it, and I will go to the government and have the battle – you don't get involved."

Piers continued: "Send it here to Good Morning Britain and I will pay the parking ticket, if that's what it takes."

Documents reveal NHS staff paid £86 million at health service car parks in 2018/19.

From April, all 206 hospital trusts in England were expected to provide free car parking to groups that may be frequent hospital visitors and to staff working nights.

Coronavirus was officially declared a global pandemic earlier this year, and has so far claimed the lives of over 39,000 people in the UK.


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