Over 70 clinical staff have been ordered to pay a total of £68,000 after losing a court battle over parking tickets issued at Wales’ largest hospital.
The staff at University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff have been fighting parking fines issued by private enforcement firm Indigo following the privatisation of their parking services.
Last year it was announced that NHS Trusts and private enforcement agencies earn £120 million a year from NHS Staff, patients and relatives.
Staff failed to convince the Judge on Friday at Cardiff’s civil justice court. Staff have been ordered to pay an average of £900 each for the fines plus the private firm’s legal fees.
Sue Prior, of Taff Ely Parking Action Group, said; “They have got to pay or they end up with CCJs (County Court Judgements)“.
She also added; “We have had people going in and handing their notice in”.
The action group has also criticised the hospital health board; “They have permitted a private parking company to do this. There is no common sense anywhere. At the moment we just need to sit back and assess what we are going to do because it costs money to appeal.”
The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said it was “disappointing” that a small number of staff refused to co-operate with parking rules.
Parking company, Indigo, hold several other NHS parking contracts including; Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cheltham and Royal Gloucester Hospital and East and North Hertford NHS Trust.