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An unusual visit to court

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1377

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NHS Parking

Parking charges in NHS hospitals for patients and staff should be
abolished. Parking charges for NHS staff are an indication that the staff
are not valued. Fines placed on the cars of NHS staff are to be resisted.
We had a similar case in our hospital which was also passed in favor of
NHS staff by Stoke-on-Trent County Court (Case number BQT09842 Hickman v
First Management Group 2008). We have encouraged our staff to petition
against any car parking fines. This is one further area where private
firms are benefiting from the NHS.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 March 2010
Abdul Basit
Associate Specialist Surgery
University Hospital of North Staffordshire UK ST5 5LL