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RCN Wales response to the staff from UHW taken to court over car parking charges

Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales, responds to University Hospital of Wales staff being taken to court over car parking charges

Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales said:

"The RCN in Wales will not comment on individual cases.

In 2008, Welsh Government Health Minister Edwina Hart, announced that parking in hospitals in Wales should be free. In the case of University Hospital of Wales (UHW) this will commence in June 2018 when the current car parking contract runs out. We look forward to seeing the car parking charges at UHW scrapped.

Currently any illegal parking is managed as the law states and this is necessary due to the complexity of the traffic management in and around the hospital, as access points and avenues need to be clear for emergency vehicles.

The crux of the issue here is that the University Hospital of Wales does not have enough spaces to fulfil the need of approximately 6500 staff that are estimated to require a car parking space at some point in the day.

We have seen that UHW have made attempts to support staff by negotiating a reduction in the immediate car parking fine from £25 to £10 and dismissing all parking fines which occurred before April 2016. They have also attempted to relieve the parking issue with park and ride (6.30am-7.15pm Monday-Friday at a site just over 3 miles away) and bicycle parking areas. However, this is not enough to alleviate the issue. We know that people are having to park a long way off site or walk to work and have to return to their cars or walk home after a twilight shift in the dark. More car parking spaces are needed close to the hospital where staff who start and finish work in the dark can feel safe when returning to their vehicle.

Due to the current cap on pay, nurses are contacting us with hardship issues and car parking charges only add to their financial problems. A solution to this issue needs to be found."

Page last updated - 27/07/2018