A group of French travellers could face legal action from an NHS trust after setting up camp outside a Welsh hospital, preventing hundreds of staff from being able to park at their place of work, reports the BBC.
The Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport is said to be taking legal advice in order to evict the travellers, who have arrived in the local area to attend a family funeral.
Doctors, nurses and administration staff were turned away from the 300-space car park at the hospital, after 30 caravans descended on the area. However, hospital management were keen to stress that the situation had not affected the delivery of services.
The BBC reports that despite the fact that services were able to remain open, many hospital staff were left ‘infuriated’ by the travellers’ camp.
“Finding a parking space is bad enough normally without this happening first thing,” said one worker in an interview with the BBC.
“I find it infuriating this situation can be allowed to continue until the families decide to move themselves on,” they added.
One disgruntled relative of a patient at the hospital pointed out that the delays caused by the camp could lead to a doctor being late for work, and highlighted the dangerous consequences this could have for patient care.
In total it is thought the group have taken up around 65 spaces.
Whilst the hospital consults its lawyers, it is understood there is little that can be done to force an eviction in the short term.
Management are working with the travellers and say that they have assurances that once the family funeral is over they intend to move on.
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