Anger as NHS staff hit with parking fines at Scots hospital due to ‘shambolic’ facilities – Daily Record

Dedicated NHS staff working tirelessly throughout the pandemic are being hit with parking fines at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Union bosses have hit out at the “shambolic” parking facilities at the Paisley hospital, which is forcing staff to park in disabled bays, unauthorised spaces and double yellow lines.

They are renewing calls for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to add more spaces for staff, patients and visitors following claims the situation is out of control.

Sam Mullin, GMB Scotland NHS Representative, said: “Staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital are working under the cosh and are being forced to park where they shouldn’t.

“At the car park in the hospital, there is constantly yellow envelopes all over the ground as people are being ticketed constantly.

“But where are they supposed to park?

“Something needs to be done to address this as more and more services are being transferred to the RAH which is a good thing.

“But the hospital has outgrown the car park and the only thing that is going to solve it is providing more spaces.

“For a few months last year, the health board relaxed the parking restrictions but now as services are resuming again we are right back where they started.”

Mr Mullin also believes parking meters on nearby streets are “making a bad situation worse”.

Pay and display, combined with a residents’ parking scheme was introduced by Renfrewshire Council in January last year following a number of issues with residents having difficulty accessing their driveways.

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