A nurse who has to pay up to £80 a week just to park within walking distance of the hospital in which she works, is today wondering if the vouchers for the government’s new ‘eat out’ scheme will also be accepted by parking meters on NHS property.
Simone Williams, a 28-year-old nurse from Northamptonshire, said that although she liked the idea of a slightly cheaper dinner out with her family, the more pressing concern is the £320 a month it can cost her just to leave her car on site while she’s working.
“I get it, I really do. Who doesn’t love a cheeky Nando’s. But £10 off a meal there isn’t much help if during the day I’ve had to spend £15 just to park my car at the hospital where I work.
“Is there any way I could get one of those £10 Nando’s vouchers, and instead wave it at the parking meter at the hospital and get my parking for free?
“I’ve got to be honest, £10 off parking at work is a lot more attractive to me than 50% off a Peri-Peri chicken burger.”
Government officials have listened to Williams’ concerns, before telling her, “No.”
They went on, “Why can’t nurses be happy with a bit of clapping and a slightly cheaper burger or pizza? We’re beginning to wonder if all that clapping went to their heads a bit.
“Before you know it, they’ll be demanding a pay rise instead of us continuing to bail out businesses owned by billionaires.
“Cloud bloody cuckoo land, the lot of ’em!”