21/10/2013

French Travellers Take Over Hospital Staff Car Park

A number of French travellers in 14 caravans have taken up residence in the staff car park of Royal Gwent Hospital, with hundreds of NHS staff turned away from the site.

It is understood that surgeons, doctors and nurses arriving for work on Monday morning were meeting by 14 caravans spread across the 300 space car park and were forced to find other places to park.

A hospital spokesperson has reportedly spoken to the travellers, who have said that they would "move on shortly".

A unnamed hospital worker is reported by the BBC as saying: "I find it infuriating this situation can be allowed to continue until the families decide to move themselves on.

"There are doctors and other medical staff who work on emergency cases around the clock.

"They are being forced to park some distance away all because a group of French travellers fancied the spot to set up camp."

(MH/CD)

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