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Anti-clamp brigade backs nurses' fight.

The TUC and traffic chiefs yesterday backed the Mirror's campaign to stop district nurses getting parking tickets or having their cars clamped while they are treating the sick.

The 1,000 delegates to the TUC conference applauded when Ann Keen, general secretary of the Community and District Nursing Association, thanked the Mirror.

She said the association wanted a nationwide parking sticker scheme, similar to the disc system used by doctors.

District nurses have been ordered to pay pounds 45 release fees to have their cars unclamped, often having to find the money out of their own pockets.

Ann said one nurse with no money was so desperate to get to the next call that she left her wedding ring with the clampers so they would release her car. Meanwhile, traffic bosses promised to investigate a parking sticker scheme.

A spokeswoman for the Association of Metropolitan Authorities said: "We would look favourably on any approach from district nurses for parking permits."

And the Parking Committee for London, which represents the capital's 33 local councils, said: "We welcome this campaign. The last thing we want to see is doctors or nurses clamped or given a parking ticket while they are visiting a patient.

"We would be more than happy if there was a single national badge scheme for all health professionals and are actively working towards this end in London."
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Author:Medical, JILL PALMER
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 1996
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