Parking Fees Worth $984 Caused Too Much Stress To NHS Worker, Forced To Quit His Job
An NHS worker was so stressed with parking fees amounting to $984 that he is forced to quit his job. He has incurred 28 tickets in four months.
Robert O'Brien, a health care assistant at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, has contested the parking fees from six tickets issued to him. He has 22 more tickets with outstanding fines.
The NHS worker is so stressed by the action of Indigo Park Services that he is forced to quit his job taking care of vulnerable patients. "I quit my job with the NHS because of the stress of being hit with parking fees," he said. He said he loves his job; however, he cannot take stress any more according to The Sun.
As a hospital night shift worker, O'Brien blamed the hospital chiefs for his parking fees problem. "I don't think it's too much to ask when you are working nights to be able to park at your place of work," he said. The hospital chief could have had issued him a parking permit to park for free at night to avoid causing him stress..
O'Brien's wife feels that her husband should not be penalized while he is on duty all night helping the patients. However, the hospital spokesman said that 98 percent of users pay $1.30 every day for their parking fees according to Mirror.
O'Brien is fighting the court's judgement regarding the parking ticket. He claims that he did not receive any notification of the court action against him. The NHS worker said he had moved from Whitchurch, Cardiff.
Stress has taken its toll on O'Brien who has taken his case up to Cardiff Civil Justice Center hoping that his judgement will be struck out. His lawyer, John Wilkie, wants the case to be squashed and adjourned. Hospital night shift workers in Britain are reportedly targeted by private parking firms employed by health boards according to reports.