Monday, 12 September 2011

Job Creation the NHS way

'Please Give Blood' is the appeal on the back of this NHS van (MK59 LZU) parked on Tooley Street outside London Bridge Station with its hazard warning lights on shortly before 4pm today, enticing cyclists to nip out into the general traffic lane.

The van's in the mandatory cycle lane ('You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation' - Highway Code 140) on a red route marked with double red lines ('no parking at any time').

There is no driver in the van.

It may be that the NHS has special dispensations that permit its vehicles to be parked in such a way as to encourage cyclists to mix it with the lorries and taxis. Even if they do I bet there's somewhere else the van could sensibly be parked at London Bridge that doesn't place the vulnerable road user at risk.

Maybe that's the intent though - the NHS wish to increase the demand for their services by upping the numbers Killed and Seriously Injured while also discouraging others from healthy lifestyle options that put health care professionals out of work?

1 comment:

Charlie Holland said...

After writing to the NHS Blood Service and then chasing them I've had the following reply:

Thank you for taking the time to inform us about the recent incident involving one of our vehicles. Please accept my sincere apologies for concern caused.

It is only by receiving feedback that we can address shortcomings in our service, and I appreciate the time and trouble you have taken to notify us of your experience. Our local transport manager will raise this matter with the driver concerned. We may, however, need to contact you again for further clarification or information as part of our review.

Thank you again for bringing your concerns to our attention and allowing us to address this matter. Should you have further queries please do not hesitate to contact us again. Resolved.

Yours sincerely

Paddy Nugent

Assistant Director - Blood Collection Services