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Parking the issue

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5617
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}

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?

Perhaps …

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