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Call for NHS nurses to petition prime minister Gordon Brown over car parking

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Nurses are being called on to petition prime minister Gordon Brown to abolish hospital car parking charges across the NHS.

Nursing Times is calling on nurses and other health professionals to support its ‘Free Parking, clampdown on unfair charges for nurses’ campaign by signing an online petition at the prime minister’s website.

The campaign calls on the government and NHS in England and Northern Ireland to follow the examples set by Scotland and Wales and abolish hospital car parking charges for nurses.

Please help us gather support on this important issue by signing up to the e-petition in support of the campaign.

Nursing Times has also created a fake parking permit that nurses can place in their car window in support of the campiagn. To download and print yours click here

Click here to read NT’s feature ‘Why are nurses still paying to park?’

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Readers' comments (4)

  • i enjoy reading nusingtimes cos it keeps me up to date on what is happening.thanks

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  • please i will like to comment on this parking issue,because its giving me much concren that each time i come to work in the hospital i've to pay car parking fee or they take it from my salary its ridiculous,it had to stop.if i work seven days in a week i pay four pounds every day which is twenty one pounds for a week.how much then do i earn?please am in support of this free car parking for nurses and health professionals. thanks

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  • I have not got a parking space at my hospital i have to use the park and ride or get two buses into the city and back out to the hospital and the same on the return journey. This adds an extra 3-4hrs on my already long day. I would happily pay a small fee towards car parking at the hospital if i was given a parking space!!

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  • I feel that a recent proposal to move all staff parking off site, supported with a park and ride service for staff has not been thought through by Hospital Management, as staff may require access to their vehicle during the day (to respond to personal emergency issues, if sent home sick or responding to "On-call" requirements). A park and ride system can never work in the current climate where staff do not always leave the shift on time when covering for staff shortages. Enforcing a park and ride system would mean that many staff members would have no choice but to leave on time. If you have to work later, what guarentees are put into place to ensure staff get to their vehicle safely.

    Would it be unacceptable to provide a park and ride facility for patients and their visitors. providing a service revolving around set visiting times and routine day admission times would be far more practical from a logistical perspective.

    Parking in streets adjacent to any hospital complex is not safe and is not fair to the local residents and is not the answer to the problem.

    From personal observations, parking fines are not enforced consistantly and staff should not be in fear of receiving a fine every time they come to work. The government should support its NHS workers in resolving this unfair charge against its committed workforce. Lets petition the government and see action

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