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Glasgow NHS staff at risk of fines if they break four-hour parking rule

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Unions have accused NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde of ‘twisting the knife’ after it announced that car parking on NHS sites would be limited to four hours, with fines of up to £40 for drivers who stay for longer than this period.

Although the move is designed to tackle commuters using NHS car parks, unions say it will impact primarily on staff because they are the main group who need to park vehicles for longer periods of time.

The proposal, announced on 19 December, comes into force on 1 January and follows a Scottish Government decision in September that car parking charges should be abolished in the NHS.

Unison Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin said: ‘Glasgow and Clyde’s track record on this issue is not very impressive. Consistently they have taken an over-aggressive approach and punished the workforce and genuine users of car parking facilities on NHS sites.

‘It’s clear that they simply do not care or comprehend that staff live some distance from their place of work,’ he added. ‘They need to travel to work, but will now be fined if they can’t find a designated parking space.’

Nursing Times is currently campaigning for an end to car parking charges for nurses and other NHS staff in England and Northern Ireland. Sign up to the Free Parking petition at the prime minister’s website.

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