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Royal Gwent Hospital: Travellers Told To Move
Travellers camped out in a hospital car park in Newport, South Wales, have been given a deadline to move.
The group is threatened with legal action if it fails to leave the site by 4pm.
French travellers with around 14 caravans set up camp on a staff car park at Royal Gwent Hospital on Saturday, blocking spaces for NHS workers.
It has meant doctors, surgeons, and nursing staff having to find alternative parking.
Hospital bosses have also reassured workers that security will be available on the site between 6am and 10pm.
A statement from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which runs the hospital, said: "Following advice given by our legal advisers, the health board yesterday issued letters to the travellers requesting that they vacate the site by 4pm today.
"If this does not happen, as advised we will move to the next stage in the process which is to commence legal proceedings."
More than 3,400 staff work at the hospital, which has about 774 beds, and serves a population of more than 600,000.
The staff car park has 300 spaces, and the travellers have taken over 65 of them, according to the hospital.
The disruption has inevitably led to frustrations.
One hospital worker, who did not wish to be named, said: "I find it infuriating this situation can be allowed to continue until the families decide to move themselves on.
"There are doctors and other medical staff who work on emergency cases around the clock.
"They are being forced to park some distance away all because a group of French travellers fancied the spot to set up camp."
According to Sky News correspondent Isabel Webster, who is at the scene, the hospital says the situation is not affecting patient care, and that it is in negotiations with the travellers.
Webster said: "Everybody is hoping this won't be one of those protracted incidents, and they can reach a swift resolution."