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Parking deal struck with NHS

Published Wednesday, 01 August 2012

Heath visitors told to not to abuse parking

Enfield Council has struck a deal with the NHS to ensure that medical staff do not misuse their health visitor parking permits in the borough.

Following complaints from residents that a minority of health visitors have been using the parking permits to park in residential bays near their place of work, free of charge, the Council and NHS have struck an agreement.

From now on, health visitors will display the postcode of the address they are visiting on their parking permit so enforcement staff can check they are being used correctly.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Residents claimed a very small minority of NHS staff were using their health visitor parking permits to park near their place of work and we decided to tighten up our systems with the co-operation of the NHS to stop this from happening.

"While health visitors carry out a vital role in supporting elderly and vulnerable residents, it is not appropriate that they use these valuable permits for free parking.

"These permits are valuable items and they should be used properly for the benefit of elderly and vulnerable residents, not as a means for NHS workers to save themselves money and bag themselves a decent parking place near their office at residents expense."

The permits were introduced a number of years ago and were originally designed to have the address of the resident who was being visited on display to help the medical profession whilst visiting patients at their home addresses.

To comply with the Data Protection Act we have recently changed the practise by agreeing with the Data Protection Officer that a post code or name of a block of flats is perfectly acceptable rather than a house number and street name which used to be the case.

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