Are the NHS chiefs feeling sheepish?
Sir – At the beginning of this year only two things in life could have been predicted with 100 per cent certainty.
One was that sheep would continue to eat grass. The second was that our new hospital in Dumfries would be built with only about half of the parking spaces it requires.
Early reports are suggesting that some patients arriving for their appointments on Monday morning have taken until Wednesday afternoon to find a parking place.
Now I know that senior people in all organisations across the land wish to “drive” us out of our cars even though they have reserved parking spaces for themselves. I get that bit.
But who on Planet Earth thinks that it is a good idea to render patients into a state of frenzy and anxiety because they are late for their hospital appointments because they can’t get parked?
And which doctors benefit from having their patients arriving both late and flustered?
It is not like the new hospital was built in the restricted space of a city centre. It is surrounded by grass – you know, that stuff the sheep are eating. My despair knows no depths.
Jim Murdoch Sanquhar
Line Parking situation near new hospital earlier this year