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