An NHS worker has been hit with 10 separate parking fines as hospital staff claim that they are being targeted in a bid to “claw back money lost” during the pandemic.
Staff have said they have seen more parking tickets given out than normal at hospitals in Hull and have argued that many were wrongly given out, reported Hull Live.
The £30 fines are being issued on staff vehicles parked in the main visitor car park – where workers say they are often forced to park due to a lack of available spaces.
One staff member at Hull Royal Infirmary said she’d been handed 10 tickets in recent months – one of which cost her a staggering £200 when she tried to appeal it.
Hull University Teaching Hospitals (HUTH) Trust employees have had paid parking halted during the pandemic and it will be reinstated in July.
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HUTH NHS Trust said that fines were only issued to those parked illegally, hazardously or if they have not displayed a valid ticket.
A hospital spokeswoman told HullLive: “In 2020 the Department of Health and Social Care determined that NHS staff should not pay for parking on NHS sites during the Covid pandemic.
“This year the Department reversed that decision and withdrew the funding to support free parking leading many Trusts to reintroduce charges from 1st April 2022.
“At HUTH we will be reintroducing car parking charges for staff from 1st July, 2022.
“This has not been an easy decision to take but we have to meet the costs of providing car parking through charges otherwise we will have to divert funding away from patient services.”