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NHS managers are being accused of ignoring the needs of staff, in a row over parking spaces at Borders General Hospital.
Two of the hospital's main car parks have become short-stay only - and the local health board say that change is now permanent. Staff say it's left them with nowhere safe to park.
Jenny Longden reports:
People living by the Borders General Hospital are concerned at the increasing amount of traffic in the ares since changes to the hospital's parking have come into force.
Some members of hospital staff have been parking in Darnick.
Residents of a village near Borders General Hospital say they have been overwhelmed with traffic since parking changes came into place at the hospital.
Staff have been parking in nearby Darnick since two of the hospital's car parks were made short stay only.
NHS Borders says its new parking arrangements at Borders General Hospital are permanent, despite complaints from staff.
Workers at the hospital have started parking on grass verges and in nearby villages to avoid fines after two of the hospital's six car parks were turned into short stay areas.
They've also started a social media campaign.
Hospital bosses say the changes make parking easier and safer for patients.
Calum Campbell, Chief Executive at NHS Borders spoke with ITV Border:
Cars parked on Huntlyburn Road outside Borders General hospital and Abbotsford Road in Darnick after new parking regulations were introduced at the hospital.
Staff at Borders General Hospital have taken to Facebook to complain about changes to the hospital car parks.
Two of the six car parks have been changed to short stay, making it easier for patients to park for an appointment.
However, staff say the move has left them with nowhere to park in hospital grounds, and are now finding other areas to park for the day.
The Facebook Group 'BGH Parking Fiasco' says "staff can no longer park in the ground without potentially being fined £40-£90 for coming to work to save lives and look after people".
NHS Borders say there is plenty of parking provision, with 1,000 spaces available for staff and patients.