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An unusual visit to court

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1377 (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1377

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But think beyond the idiotic

How do you ensure a full attendance at a committee meeting? Make sure
that
car parking or paying for coffee is on the agenda.

Yes, it was idiotic to take you to court for refusal to pay the fine.
But what about
the outreach nurses in whose space you had parked? Where were they going
to
park?

I spent two years on our car parking committee. It made solving the
problems
of the middle east seem easy. Everyone on the committee represented their
constituency, and it seemed each constituency had as much of a right to
(not
enough) car parking spaces as anyone else. Meetings, which were frequent,
went
round and round in circles, much as drivers went round and round the car
parks.
At one meeting I pointed out that when I was not on call, and did not have
any
external meetings to attend, I did not need to bring my car to work. There
was
no way the car parking problem would be solved unless the Trust could stop

me, and anyone else in that situation, from bringing my car to work when I
did
not need to. They couldn't, and so the stalemate continued. And so, ten
years
later, it continues to this day.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

26 March 2010
Neville W Goodman
Retired Anaesthetist
Bristol, BS9 3LW, UK