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Parking tickets row 'damaging hospital's reputation'

The reputation of a hospital in the north-east of England has been damaged as a result of a row over parking tickets, it has been claimed.

Louise Baldock, Labour parliamentary candidate for Stockton South, stated that there have been many complaints about the parking enforcement at North Tees Hospital.

Speaking to the Gazette, she explained that fines are being handed out to hospital visitors "like confetti" and 85 per cent of the appeals that have been made have been successful.

One of the visitors to have been given a fine after parking at the hospital is John Puttick, 87, from Billingham. He says he made a mistake when entering his car's details and did not realise until he received a parking charge notice in the post. Another victim was 89-year-old Stockton pensioner George Elms.

Associate director of estates and facilities at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Peter Mitchell explained that there is a new parking system in place at North Tees Hospital and it will take time to adapt to it.

Ms Baldock highlighted government guidelines that were published in August "which make it clear that NHS organisations are responsible for the actions of private contractors who run car parks on their behalf".

The Labour candidate added that the hospital's reputation is suffering due to the parking row.

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