Following the clamping of cars at Daisy Hill Hospital the Southern Trust has stated that its car parking enforcement is necessary to deter people from parking inappropriately.
A spokesperson for the Southern Trust stated:
“It is absolutely vital that we can manage traffic flow on our very busy hospital sites and ensure that emergency and other essential vehicles have access at all times.
The vast majority of people park their cars responsibly on our hospital sites and where appropriate pay the pay and display charge. Car parking enforcement is only applied to cars parked in disabled spaces without a blue badge or those blocking vital emergency or maintenance access or in a pay and display space without paying.
Clamping on our sites is exceptionally rare and is only used as a last resort when someone has parked three times or more inappropriately. Unfortunately, this action was taken today in relation to 2 cars on the Daisy Hill Hospital site.
Car parking enforcement is necessary to deter people from parking inappropriately and to provide a safer, more accessible environment for everyone using our hospitals. We ask for the support of staff, patients and visitors in helping to make the best use of car parking around our sites.
Whilst the majority of parking is free of charge on both sites, we encourage staff to use the car parks further away from the main buildings, leaving those spaces closer to the hospitals for patients.”