Nurses pay for park­ing... and get fine of £70

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY STEPHEN HAY­WARD

NURSES are be­ing slapped with £70 park­ing tick­ets de­spite al­ready pay­ing for per­mits to park at the NHS hos­pi­tals where they work.

Glitches in a new num­ber plate recog­ni­tion sys­tem have seen fines go out “like a tsunami of con­fetti”, said union Unite.

The prob­lem has af­fected staff work­ing at United Lin­colnshire Hos­pi­tals Trust hos­pi­tals

in Lin­coln, Bos­ton and Gran­tham. One worker said: “When you’re an ex­tremely busy nurse you shouldn’t have to worry about where you park when you al­ready pay for park­ing.

“Staff are get­ting tick­ets for park­ing at a site they haven’t even been to. One woman was tick­eted when she was off work.

“An­other per­son had 13 park­ing tick­ets sent to her but her hus­band picks her up.” The car parks are run by Bri­tain’s big­gest park­ing firm, Parking­Eye.

It apol­o­gised and said it had can­celled the wrongly-is­sued fines.

The er­rors come amid anger at the big money park­ing firms make from NHS con­tracts. Parking­Eye re­ported a £10mil­lion profit in 2017 – a rise of 49 per cent on 2016.

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