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Mum gets parking fine at hospital ‘despite valid ticket’

Jo Worth has had a Northampton General Hospital  parking fine appeal rejected.

Jo Worth has had a Northampton General Hospital parking fine appeal rejected.

 

A mother from Northampton has had an appeal against a parking fine, which she received while her son was in hospital, refused despite having a valid parking ticket.

Joanne Worth, of West Hunsbury, received the parking fine on June 24 after parking at Northampton General Hospital while her seven-year-old son was on Disney Ward for an operation.

She had obtained both a parking ticket and a permit that allowed her to park near to the ward, both of which needed to be displayed. But, knowing some hospitals issue fines for displaying multiple tickets, and because she was hurrying to be with her son, she placed the ticket on the car seat in clear view.

Ms Worth said: “When your child is about to have an operation under general anaesthetic, you don’t think to read the small print of a parking ticket. It’s bad enough having a child in hospital, without the stress of this on top.”

Ms Worth appealed against the fine to the parking company, but has been unsuccessful, despite producing the valid tickets.

If she loses a further appeal she will have to pay a £110 or face court action.

A spokesman for NGH said: “We are sorry that Ms Worth is upset.

“However the concessionary permit is clear that it is only valid when displayed alongside a pay and display ticket. Our ward staff always point this out.”

Andrea Leadsom,the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire, said: “I receive a lot of cases like this where, if a basic sense of justice is used, the issue should be easy to rectify. An unwell child is enough to worry about.”

is upset.However the concessionary permit is clear that it is only valid when displayed alongside a pay and display ticket. Our ward staff always point this out.”

Andrea Leadsom,Tory MP for South Northamptonshire, said: “I receive a lot of cases like this, where if a basic sense of justice is used the issue should be easy to rectify. An unwell child is enough to worry about.”

 

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