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Nurse's fury after getting charged £5,500 in hospital car park penalties while saving lives

A nurse has been slapped with £5,500 in hospital parking fines, despite paying for a staff permit.
Single mum Vicky Slayford said she had received more than 80 tickets.
It comes as a doctor at the same hospital’s struggling A&E tweeted about returning to his car after a “night shift from hell” to see a parking warden dish out more than 10 fines.
Vicky, 38, told the Mirror virtually all her colleagues have had at least one ticket from private firm Empark UK.
She added: “Most of the fines are because I had to work late and stay with a pat­ient. It’s incredible we have to go through this when we’re trying to do our job and save lives.”
The paediatric nurse, who lives in fear of Empark dragging her through the courts, racked up fines for leaving her car in the “wrong” space at Croydon University Hospital in South London.
It is the same hospital where a doctor forced to park on surrounding roads was carjacked at gunpoint a year ago.
Charities and politicians from across parties have joined calls for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to follow Scotland and Wales in scrapping the fees , which are up to £4 an hour.
Dr Paul Robinson shared his photo of a warden giving out tickets as he returned to his car on Wednesday, as medics struggled in one of the NHS’s busiest weeks in history.
He tweeted: “Guy in jacket making money for Empark as I finish my night shift from hell. 10 tickets so far and counting. I am wholly disgusted. #hospitalparking”.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine replied: “Outrageous. Hard-working NHS employees deserve better than this.”

CUH staff pay £10 for a permit, which they charge with a £2 scratchcard every day. But there a limited number of staff bays, and Empark charges £15 a day to use nearby public parking spaces.
Vicky, who does three 12.5-hour shifts a week, said: “We regularly drive around for 45 minutes looking for a space, but because of the time I start my shift there are never any spaces. When there are spaces available they are public spaces and I can’t afford to pay £15 a day.
“When I’ve not been able to find a staff bay or a space on the roads outside the hospital, I’ve left a note on my scratchcard saying, ‘Really sorry, please do not fine me, call me on this number as there is nowhere to park’.
“Then I finish at 2am and see I’ve got a fine.” The fines start at £25 but quickly rise to £50 and then £100 if unpaid.
Vicky went on: “Where we are can be quite a dodgy area at night. I often have to park 15 minutes away in the street but we don’t feel safe, especially after the doctor was carjacked. We are frontline staff. I just feel it’s so unfair.”
Vicky, who lives a 30-minute drive away, cannot use public transport as she finishes work in the early hours. She said: “I’ve been in the resuscitation room with people very sick and I have to stay.
“I have had parents in whose children are very sick and they are worried about getting a ticket. It creates heightened anxiety on the ward because everyone wants to get back to their car.
“There is talk of the surrounding roads being made resident permits only, and if that happens people are talking about having to change jobs.”
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said: “We are a busy hospital, and work hard to make sure our parking is fair. We offer concessions for patients, including those who require regular hospital visits, and designated areas for staff.
“Wardens will only ticket those cars that have stayed over their allotted time.
“If any patient or member of staff feels they have been ticketed unfairly, we offer the chance to appeal.”

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