reohn2 wrote:I don't think they are,they're saying it's an unwelcome additional cost to visiting relatives or attending as outpatients.
Car storage is one of the cost of running a car - it is not an "additional" cost. Now car users have become so used to storing their cars at other peoples expense that they grumble when as they actually have to pay for the resourses they consume.
But to get back to the OP NHS shouldn't have to pay to park at work,
So should cyclists not have to pay if they stoke up at the hospital cafe? Should they not have to pay bus fares if they travel by more environmentally responsible means? Or is it just car owners that shouldn't pay?
especially those on 'frontline' sevices such as doctors and nurses more so when they are working unsocial hours when there's little or no choice but the car.
The people with little choice are those than do not own a car. Car owners have more choices - and once you own a car then it is likely to be more convenient for many journeys so their is a powerful incentive to use it for all journeys - especially if the costs are subsidised.
NHS staff may work
unsocial hours, but shift patterns are designed so that they travel when public transport operates. Quite rightly, unlike some of the motorist posters here, they realise that many of their staff do not own cars.
I'm all for reducing car use
Yet you are advocating public subsidy to incentivise it.
Ah - there always is the "but" - just like whenever you hear someone say "I'm not a racist, but ..." you know what to expect
in some instances and profssions they're unavoidable,making staff pay in such circumstances is outrageous.
Example:- I've had two short stays in hospital in the past 3 years,nurses on othe wards in both instances were working 12hour shifts about 6am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am,not exactly ideal for spending an hour or more hnging around for buses at the beginning end of what is a stressful job.
Certainly depriving someone of sleep and subjecting them to 12 hours of stress is likely to render them unsafe to to be in charge of a motor vehicle. Waiting for a bus is boring not stressful and once you get on you can sleep; driving a car most certainly is stressful and requires you to be fully alert.
If you were travelling for work as opposed to away from work the any responsible employer would prohibit you from driving under such circumstances.
As an aside,one trainee nurse on placement for 6 months who lived in Mosside Manchester had to travel to Wigan by bus and train a journey of 21/2hours each day either end of a 12 hour shift.
I asked her why she couldn't have been placed closer to home she told me she had to go where she was sent,and no bursary either.
To continue a little with this trainee nurse's story,her mother with herself and her brother had fled Ethiopia after her father had been killed.
After a few conversations it was apparent what a beautiful soul this young Muslim woman is,I hope she does well in her chosen profession
Oh the irony; telling the story of a non-motorist to justify subsidising motorists.