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Seventy-five members of staff at a Cardiff hospital have been left "broken" by a court ruling that means they owe thousands of pounds in parking tickets, a campaigner has said.Seventy-five members of staff at a Cardiff hospital have been left "broken" by a court ruling that means they owe thousands of pounds in parking tickets, a campaigner has said.
On Friday, a judge at Cardiff Civil Justice Centre ruled private company Indigo could collect the charges from University Hospital of Wales staff.On Friday, a judge at Cardiff Civil Justice Centre ruled private company Indigo could collect the charges from University Hospital of Wales staff.
The ruling means 75 people must pay £128 per outstanding ticket.The ruling means 75 people must pay £128 per outstanding ticket.
Sophie Round, a healthcare support worker said she was "gutted". Sophie Round, a healthcare support worker, said she was "gutted".
She said: "It's not really the outcome that we wanted and what we earn doesn't really cover the fines," she added.She said: "It's not really the outcome that we wanted and what we earn doesn't really cover the fines," she added.
Campaigner Sue Prior said: "It's horrendous. Some of them [staff] are broken. They're scared stiff, petrified, they feel sick. This affects everyone from cleaners to doctors."Campaigner Sue Prior said: "It's horrendous. Some of them [staff] are broken. They're scared stiff, petrified, they feel sick. This affects everyone from cleaners to doctors."
She said staff had permits which allowed them to park in designated areas for £1.05 a day.She said staff had permits which allowed them to park in designated areas for £1.05 a day.
But she said a lack of spaces meant staff had been forced to park in unauthorised areas.But she said a lack of spaces meant staff had been forced to park in unauthorised areas.
Staff nurse Felicity Richards added: "I have to allow 45 minutes to an hour extra to park my car every morning to find somewhere to park.Staff nurse Felicity Richards added: "I have to allow 45 minutes to an hour extra to park my car every morning to find somewhere to park.
"By the time I get into work there are usually no parking spaces and I have to park off site and quite often I have to park a 20 to 25 minutes walk away.""By the time I get into work there are usually no parking spaces and I have to park off site and quite often I have to park a 20 to 25 minutes walk away."
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said more than 98% of staff complied with parking regulations and it was "disappointing" some had "chosen to refuse to co-operate".
In 2015, it urged staff to pay any parking fines, saying they had been correctly issued and it did not intend to dispute them.
Indigo has had a contract to manage and maintain the hospital's car parks for several years and has 1,250 spaces there.Indigo has had a contract to manage and maintain the hospital's car parks for several years and has 1,250 spaces there.
In 2015, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board urged staff to pay any parking fines, saying they had been correctly issued and it did not intend to dispute them.
Ms Prior said she had been campaigning on behalf of staff because two of her children were born blind at the hospital, but after medical intervention now have some sight.Ms Prior said she had been campaigning on behalf of staff because two of her children were born blind at the hospital, but after medical intervention now have some sight.
"I had to help. Without those people and the NHS my children would be blind," she said."I had to help. Without those people and the NHS my children would be blind," she said.
Indigo Park Services UK and the health board have been asked to comment. Indigo Park Services UK has been asked to comment.