An on-duty nurse had her car clamped for five hours when she used an elderly patient’s private parking space, despite being in full uniform and in possession of a valid NHS permit.
The car clampers refused to free her car even after Mrs Bannock explained the nature of her visit, leaving her “hamstrung” for the whole day, according to a spokesman for the North East Essex PCT.
After being told that the fine would increase by £50 every 30 minutes, Mrs Bannock decided to stage a sit-in protest, staying in her car in order to prevent it being towed away and forcing her to postpone other visits.
Peter Richardson, of the primary care trust, said the situation “beggared belief”.
“One of our nurses has been hamstrung for the whole day and these people seem totally above the law,” he added.
Ms Bannock has been fined “in the region of £850”, according to the PCT.