Dr Stanley Yu has criticised Whipps Cross Hospital, in Leytonstone, for ticketing his vehicle while voluntarily working for the hospital

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Whipps Cross Hospital, in Leytonstone Whipps Cross Hospital, in Leytonstone

A JUNIOR doctor has hit out at Whipps Cross for ticketing his car while voluntarily working for the Leytonstone hospital.

Dr Stanley Yu, of north London, works at St Bartholomew's Hospital in the City of London.

He says he volunteered to run an oncology clinic for two weeks at Whipps in the absence of a doctor's registrar. Without his help patients would not have been treated for two weeks, he claims.

He paid for parking on July 22, but his clinic overran, and when he finally returned to his car at 6.30pm, his vehicle had been ticketed.

He has paid the £15 fine, but in an email to Whipps chief executive Lucy Moore, Dr Yu said he wants the ticket refunded.

He said: “I felt very upset and let down by Whipps Cross Hospital.

“I came to the hospital as a gesture of goodwill and I was clearly not appreciated.”

“If a hospital is in central London, I agree that we  should use public transport.

“However, if a hospital is in the middle of nowhere and public transport is very limited, why do we have to pay to park in a staff car park given we have already spent petrol and car maintenance money to come to work?

“Given I work in central london, and I live in N11, the only choice I have to reach Whipps Cross in good time for the afternoon clinic is to drive.”

Dr Yu claims that more than a fortnight later, he has still not had a response from Dr Moore or anybody at the hospital.

He said he will not do any more work at the hospital until the matter is resolved.

The Guardian is awaiting a response from Whipps Cross University Hospital Trust.

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8:52pm Thu 6 Aug 09

Techno2 says...

The patients and their visitors often feel similar resentments at car parking fees charges which would be illegal in Scotland.

The place is apparently awash with enough cash for greedy managers' salaries but run as if Thatcher had never left office. Then some of the staff have the gall to ask the public to raise further money through charitable activities.
The patients and their visitors often feel similar resentments at car parking fees charges which would be illegal in Scotland. The place is apparently awash with enough cash for greedy managers' salaries but run as if Thatcher had never left office. Then some of the staff have the gall to ask the public to raise further money through charitable activities. Techno2
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10:17am Fri 7 Aug 09

Janet1 says...

What a disgrace. Looks as if Whipps Cross is following Waltham Forest council policy - their traffic wardens have been known to put tickets on ambulances! And that's not an urban myth: I spoke to an ambulance worker who'd got a ticket.
What a disgrace. Looks as if Whipps Cross is following Waltham Forest council policy - their traffic wardens have been known to put tickets on ambulances! And that's not an urban myth: I spoke to an ambulance worker who'd got a ticket. Janet1
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5:13pm Fri 7 Aug 09

Mr Two Tasty Pieces says...

This article is rather disingenuous.
It is not clear from the article whether Dr Yu was working voluntarily, ie for free, or in a paid position as a locum/NHS doctor. From what I understand ALL staff at Whipps Cross are subject to a £1/day parking fee and recieve tickets if this is not paid.
If he was recieving pay for his work, particularly if it was as a highly-rewarded locum, then I'm sure he could afford this meagre ammount. It also confirms this story is pointless Whipps Cross bashing.
If this work was purely voluntary then the hospital should be ashamed of itself and recind the ticket immediately
This article is rather disingenuous. It is not clear from the article whether Dr Yu was working voluntarily, ie for free, or in a paid position as a locum/NHS doctor. From what I understand ALL staff at Whipps Cross are subject to a £1/day parking fee and recieve tickets if this is not paid. If he was recieving pay for his work, particularly if it was as a highly-rewarded locum, then I'm sure he could afford this meagre ammount. It also confirms this story is pointless Whipps Cross bashing. If this work was purely voluntary then the hospital should be ashamed of itself and recind the ticket immediately Mr Two Tasty Pieces
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