I had to go to Ealing Hospital tonight. I used the Harmoni out-of-hours service, or at least my baby daughter did. We saw a very nice doctor and although it was a bit anonymous it was a pretty good service. Can’t say the same about the parking though.
In a bit of a new parent tizzy and with a middle-aged man’s long-sightedness and a broken light it took me rather a long time to work out how to use the Pay-and-display parking. You get a bargain four hours for only £3.50. That is the minimum charge and most people don’t stay that long – I was there for 34 minutes so paid 10p per minute.
The hospital knows that the British public will in pull together adversity, especially in the face official money-grubbing. Our natural inclination will be to give each other the unused portion of our tickets. Only they have installed new ticket machines that require you to punch in your car registration.
On returning to my car I commiserated with another user: “Evil system”. He shot back: “Isn’t it just”. As I pulled away he was attaching a note to the machine. It read “Every little helps to pay for more managers”. Quite.
I think I have an item of any other business for the Health, Housing and Adult Social Services Panel on Tuesday.