NHS nurses forced to ditch patients to move cars

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Nurses at Poole Hospital are being forced to leave their patients every two hours in order to move their cars and avoid parking fines, after their staff parking permits were removed.

The move has forced them to park their vehicles on residential streets surrounding the hospital, which have a two-hour time limit. Senior bureaucrats, on the other hand, were allowed to keep their on-site parking spaces.

According to The Sun, nurses are being forced to set alarms on their phones and "drop what they are doing" to move their vehicles.

One clinician who works at the Poole Community Health Clinic, which is located across the road from the hospital car park, told the newspaper: "We all had permits before and it worked fine.

"Day to day it means we have to plan our clinics around moving our cars because you can only park on the same street once.

"We set alarms on our phones and staff have to get up in the middle of meetings.

"We end up seeing less patients as a result and the day is quite filled with anxiety knowing that we can't relax at work having to move our cars.

"I personally manage my day so it doesn't disrupt an appointment, but in the three times a day it takes to go and move my car and then search for another spot, I could have seen another patient in that time."

NHS officials decided to get rid of staff parking permits in an effort to free up space for paying patients and visitors by 25 per cent.

Another clinician criticised employers Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust, saying: "We are all frustrated and feeling a bit helpless. As always, NHS staff – some of the lowest paid public workers - have to compromise their day.

"It is very short sighted by management, who sadly fail to take care of the basic needs of their staff.

"All we want to do is deliver a good service for our young people and we all work very hard trying to do that.

"We just need some support to have parking in place so we can concentrate on our patients, not on when we need to move our car next."

Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust spokesman Stuart Lynch told The Sun: "We are aware of parking issues for our staff based at the Poole Community Health Clinic, and are talking to colleagues at Poole Hospital to try to resolve them.

"We are also looking at alternative parking options in the area.