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District nurse clamped while on visit


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.


Readers' comments (25)

  • "Beggers belief" doesn't really cover it - what complete and utter selfish, money grabbing idiots (the clampers that is) - these people have no idea how stressful that must have been for this nurse to be unable to perform her duties properly. How much could these patients have potentially suffered from her missed visit?

    Would suggest the fleas of a thousand camels crawl somewhere and inflict pain (but that doesn't seem harsh enough for these fools). Thats right - never cross a nurse!!

    Congratulations to the nurse involved - hope she's not paid the fine.

    This deserves converage in the media - we're not just Dr's hand maidens as it's been recenlty suggested!!

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  • It sounds like the clampers were just doing their jobs. I expect that the nurse in question knew that she should not park where she did. The NHS parking permit does not often cover us for private accommodations. The fact that she then staged a sit in protest in my view means that she put her others patients at risk herself by not admitting to her mistake. Do we really think that as nurses we should be above rules and regulations? In my opinion the nurse was wrong for parking in the private space in the first place and if the following patients suffered then it is the fault of the nurse NOT the clampers who were merely doing their job! The fine is actually so much due to her "sit in protest". Nice day off for her while the rest of her colleagues have to cover her patients as well as their own!

    In future park where you are supposed to.

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  • well where do we park, when we need to visit patients who live in areas where only permit holders are allowed to park?

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  • A nurse I worked with was 8 months pregnant was clamped in a similar situation. I do agree with the above person to a degree re not parking where there are clamping signs. However where is the compassion of these people, and surly in these days of yellow lines and clamper's everywhere in our towns and cities medical staff should have free passage. How would the person above and the clamper's feel if it was them or their family needing the attention.

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  • I think the trust should pay! its bad enough nurses have to use their own cars when on duty doing community work as it is!! thankfully they are banning clamping in private parking spaces.

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  • On duty nurses and doctors need to be legally exempt form parking restrictions when seeing patients in the community. This has highlighted a problem that can only get worse as more people are now being nursed in their own homes. Come on guys do something.. lets face it, its a hard enough job as it is.. we should NOT have to cope with being clamped... and for parking 'in the right place', well! if you can find a place that is 'right' then good luck! Because from where i am standing (or driving) its very difficult to park at time in this country! Where are the unions in all of this and why aren't they doing more to protect nurses from this kind of abuse? That poor patient also had to suffer the indignity of trying to protect her 'space'. When they realised their mistake the clamp should have been removed immediately!

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  • Oh for crying out loud. Was this nurse disabled in some way? No? Well she should have parked where it is legal to do so. She cannot say she was in a hurry as she managed to cancel all of her appointments. If the sign was clear for her to see (I presume it was in daylight) she is the architect of her own downfall - her attitude is summed up by her sit-in protest where she has not displayed a professional and caring disposition to her subsequent patients. She should have just paid the PCN and then appealed.
    Her problems of course could only just be beginning, now that this incident is in the public domain it might be seen by the NMC then heaven only knows what will happen to her.

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  • Its not always that easy to park and walk, The areas I cover have large areas of resident parking by permit only, and other areas parked up by allday parkers who then migrate into town to work.sometimes one has to carry equipment as is often the case of midwives on duty and attending a delivery, It is often a nightmare trying to find some where safe and legal to park and a lot of time is wasted between visits by walking and trying to find an appropiate place to park

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  • Unless the car has been in storage for a long while, £850 is an unlawful fee, although unfortunately not in a criminal sense. The crime and security act 2010, which came into effect on April 8th, sets maximum fees as follows:
    Maximum release fee for removal of a wheel clamp of £125
    Maximum fee of £250 for removal and return of a vehicle
    Maximum daily storage charge of £35 for removed vehicles

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  • If this had happened to a GP, the outcome would have been completely different. That is because doctors have more respect for each other and stand together as a group. Nurses who work in the community should be exempt from the same rules and regulations that apply to the mainstream general public where parking is concerned when they are visiitng patients. This hight lights (again) the problem of divide and rule within the nursing profession which is why we get treated the way we do. if we stood together we would be powerful enough to change circumstances that would ultimately benefit the public as well as us. I will say again NURSES WHO WORK IN THE COMMUNITY AND HAVE TO VISIT PATIENTS IN THEIR OWN HOME SHOULD BE LEGALLY EXEMPT AND BE ABLE TO PARK IN A SAFE, SECURE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY ARE NOT AT RISK OF THIS KIND OF ABUSE.

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