Discriminating against disabled?

AFTER reading the letter by Phyllis M Emery (October 11), I just had to write this letter as this is surely blatant discrimination.

My parents both have issues with walking long distances and my father has a disabled badge for parking.

This badge allows a disabled person to park closer to certain areas of town, shopping areas etc for a maximum of three hours and in theory is excellent.

Using this right to park in designated areas reduces the strain on disabled persons and I am sure doctors and other professional health care workers can easily understand and accept.

The parking at the DGH was sufficient and made easily within the reach of most if not all disabled persons.

Now, if you go to other areas such as the expansive parking area at the Crumbles you will find disabled parking slots as close to the doors as possible, again within easy reach and in some shops such as Asda there are designated mobility chairs/scooters/trolleys, making the experience as easy and trouble free as possible.

So, you would assume a health centre such as Eastbourne DGH would have similar or perhaps better. No.

As Phyllis M Emery mentions it is around the side where there used to be staff parking only.

This means to enter the hospital main entrance the distance is trebled. Ah, silly me! Of course if you are disabled then obviously you are wheelchair-bound!

Yes, that must be the reason why the disabled parking is shoved around the corner; perhaps the sight of disabled parking and the disabled is an embarrassment to the hospital.

I guess the most obvious argument is the disabled can always use a taxi and get dropped within feet of the main entrance, that or pay the full whack in the main car park.

There is one issue that obviously has slipped the minds of those in charge of parking, and that is that living on DLA is not easy street as some believe, so paying for a taxi and car parking is an extra burden they could well do without.

Would it not be fairer and more just to replace the disabled parking areas closer to the main entrance and instead use the current disabled parking for paying persons?

I am sure some visitors to the hospital could use that extra little walk as part of their daily exercise and would not mind this extra walk, preferring to do this than see a disabled person struggle, especially as there are no wheelchairs made available.

Whoever is in charge of the hospital parking ought to look at Part III Discrimination in Other Areas section 21 Duty of Providers of Services. Perhaps someone might look into this a little deeper and maybe seek some legal advice.

N HEWETT

Tenterden Close