Glasgow nurses could now face the sack for parking without permits at the hospitals where they work. The dismissal threat comes after bosses at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said that they would take tough measures against nurses who do not pay £40 parking fines issued for their vehicles on hospital premises where they are working.
The news was delivered in an uncompromising staff memo, in which the health board – Scotland's biggest – said that they intend to escalate action against nurses who refuse to pay hospital parking fines.
The NHSGGC memo said:
"We will no longer be imposing fines on staff breaching the policy. Action will be taken by line managers and may include use of the disciplinary policy and procedure."
The Glasgow hospitals affected include Gartnavel Royal and General, the Southern General, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Stobhill, Victoria Infirmary and Western Infirmary.
Most nursing staff do not receive parking permits and are forced to leave patients every four hours and pay exhorbitant parking fees into coin-operated meters, including those facilities owned by private companies.
Even those staff lucky enough to get a permit for parking still face huge costs at some hospitals. Last November, nurses at the Royal Infirmary staged a protest
over a 113% increase in fees. The cost of a "14-exit" monthly permit for Royal Infirmary car park had risen from £42 to £89.50.
Speaking about the sacking threat, a nurses' leader said:
"It looks as though nurses will be sacked if they continue to defy this unfair system."