'Immoral' Coventry NHS parking charges slammed by Tory MP candidate

Conservative parliamentary candidate Sarah Lesadd at University Hospital Coventry
-Credit: (Image: Sarah Lesadd/supplied)

A prospective MP has slammed the 'immoral' parking charges facing NHS workers and said they are a target for her should she win in the General Election. Conservative parliamentary candidate Sarah Lesadd has promised to ban the controversial charges for NHS workers in Coventry if she is elected as MP for Coventry East.

Miss Lesadd, 29, previously worked for over five years in the civil service before deciding to enter politics and is a vocal campaigner on supporting the NHS. Under the policy announced last year, staff who work for University Hospital Coventry and park onsite are liable for the same fees as members of the public.

Daily ticket fees can be as much as £12.50, meaning a typical NHS worker could face a bill of hundreds of pounds every month.

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Speaking outside University Hospital Coventry, Ms Lesadd said: “Everyone knows how hard our doctors, nurses, and medical support staff work to look after the health and wellbeing of our local community. It’s both immoral and wrong for key workers to be hit with such high bills for doing their jobs, especially with the cost-of-living crisis. If elected, top of my priority list will be to meet with the senior leadership team of the Trust and work towards a plan to reduce and eventually ban these charges altogether.”

Ms Lesadd is also campaigning on a platform to overturn proposals to close Foleshill and Willenhall police stations, a move which she says will deprive residents of access to vital public services. Additional policies she is proposing are improving local railway stations to provide better access to the constituency.

Several other candidates are standing in the constituency for the election on July 4, according to the website Who Can I Vote For. Mary Creagh is the Labour candidate, and stands after Colleen Fletcher announced she would retire.

Final confirmation on the full list of candidates is expected when the official candidate list is published on June 7.

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