NIPSA welcomes yesterday’s announcement that car park charges at health service facilities will be scrapped from 2024.

The charges have amounted to a stealth tax on health workers and have been an intolerable additional financial burden on patients and their families.

We are calling on the health minister not to play for time and to take immediate steps to implement the abolition of the charges and to ensure that there is no future funding gap.

The successful campaign to abolish these charges clearly illustrates that NIPSA and the wider trade union movement is delivering for working-class families and communities.

I would like to record my thanks to all our activists who campaigned in the hospitals and on the streets. Your efforts made a real difference.

Carmel Gates
General Secretary