Larbert hospital permits back on agenda

Forth Valley Royal Hospital is facing more parking complaints
Forth Valley Royal Hospital is facing more parking complaints

Parking headaches have returned for nurses and other employees at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Complaints surfaced two years ago when some staff were awarded parking permits and others were not.

Now staff are once again questioning the criteria NHS Forth Valley uses to award permits after people who were given them in 2010 has them removed this month.

One employee said: “They didn’t make enough car parking spaces in the first place and now there are even more people working here. Instead of this permit allocation thing they should hold their hands up and say they should have made more spaces.”

A nurse added: “I got a parking permit two years ago and my circumstances haven’t changed, but now they are taking it away from me. I still have to drive my children to school and I’m not on a bus route either, so I can’t use public transport to get to work.”

Staff are concerned about the safety issues of now having to use buses or walk from whatever parking space they can find in Larbert when they are working early shifts or night shifts.

Some employees are appealing the decision to remove the permits while others are taking matters into their own hands and car sharing with staff members who have been awarded permits.

NHS Forth Valley stated this week the criteria for awarding parking permits had not changed.

A spokesperson said: “All staff who received parking permits in 2010 were informed that was not a permanent entitlement and that their permit would be reviewed every two years.

“The permit allocation exercise was recently re-run to give all staff, including existing permit holders, the opportunity to apply for a car parking permit. All applications were reviewed against the same criteria used previously, which was developed and approved in partnership with staff side representatives.

“This takes into account a wide range of factors including shift patterns, requirements to travel, on-call responsibilities, the ability to access public transport, childcare and carer responsibilities.”