Demand for DRI cycle to work scheme

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HOSPITAL chiefs have denied they are blocking a cycle-to-work scheme for staff because it would mean reduced income from car parking charges.

Workers at Doncaster Royal Infirmary say they are keen to improve their health and save money on rising fuel costs by cycling to work.

They wanted the hospitals trust to adopt a Government Cycle To Work scheme which allows employees to buy bikes at a cheaper price with monthly deductions taken from their pay cheque.

One member of staff at DRI said: “The trust is supposed to be promoting healthy lifestyles so it’s scandalous they won’t take part in the scheme.

“I think the decision is related to the car parking prices which have been put up at DRI. It’s disappointing because many staff members are interested in the scheme. They want to get healthy and save some money.”

The trust admits it has considered the scheme and is still willing to discuss the matter further with staff. But it says it would involve initial capital outlay.

A spokesman said: “There is no suggestion that we have decided against the scheme to protect income from parking charges.”