HC Deb 23 October 2000 vol 355 cc77-8W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will have discussions with London borough councils with a view to stopping traffic wardens issuing parking tickets to the vehicles of nurses displaying a notice indicating that they are attending to patients in their homes; and if he will make a statement. [133421]

Mr. Hill

I have been asked to reply.

We recognise the parking problems faced by doctors and other healthcare workers including nurses who are required to make home visits. A system to provide concessionary parking for these workers on emergency calls is currently in operation. It is called the Health Emergency Badge. The general attitude of the London Boroughs to routine visits is that these workers must plan time to park legally and pay the relevant fees (for which they may then receive reimbursement from their employer). Whether or not some routine work should be excused from normal parking rules is down to individual London Boroughs.