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Liberal Democrats reveal £110m hospital car parking charges


The much-trumpeted Nursing Times campaign was a failure. A handful of nurses bothered to sign the on-line petition. Most recognised the truth that there is no such thing as a free lunch - or a free car park. Someone has to pay for those acres of tarmac, CCTV and security staff. Better that nurses - and politicians - put their campaigning energies into promoting sustainable active healthy travel. By happy coincidence Sustrans has today announced an initiative in Nottingham which will benefit thousands of health workers. To quote from the press release.......... Students and staff at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will be encouraged to walk and cycle to and from campus in an investment project worth well over £3million over the next two years. Working with Nottingham City Council, the sustainable transport charity Sustrans will lend its expertise to an innovative new scheme to promote healthy, sustainable travel at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. New cycle routes and other facilities will be provided alongside investment in new services such as bike hire and cycle training. The project will also offer tailor-made information on cycling to thousands of students and staff, together with financial incentives including discounts at cycle stores. To my fellow nurses I say Get a Life, Get a Bike or at least discover that "These feet are made for walking...." (to misquote Nancy Sinatra). In fraternal solidarity

Posted date

29 September, 2009

Posted time

8:11 pm