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Case 349 - Builders use disabled car parking spaces during hospital construction work

Issue

A media story reported that a hospital was letting builders use disabled parking spaces so it can "keep in line with health and safety regulations".

Panel opinion

The panel is unanimous in its view that the hospital has taken a very reasonable approach to balancing sensible health and safety measures associated with temporary construction work with the recognised inconvenience of reduced short term parking for everyone including disabled patients attending the hospital. This appears to be a case of seeking to generate a story out of a dilemma of short term conflicting requirements faced by and handled proportionately by the hospital.

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2015-03-02