Are the NHS chiefs feel­ing sheep­ish?

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

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

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