Parking the issueBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5617 (Published 19 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5617
- Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
I was in the United States recently, driving along local roads the size of UK motorways. A road sign indicated an approaching hospital, and I turned to catch a glimpse of its buildings.
They could have been of any suburban hospital in any developed country—a mix of concrete, steel, and glass. One difference was striking, however: a sign underneath the usual directions for the emergency room and maternity department advertised valet parking.
Imagine that! Valet parking—not at a Michelin starred restaurant or five star hotel—but at a hospital. It seems ridiculous, doesn’t it?