Parking is an issue close to everyone's heart, especially as Tauranga's roads and parking lots get ever more full. But for our sick and elderly people visiting Tauranga Hospital, this becomes more than an inconvenience. Bay of Plenty Times health reporter Jean Bell looks into the issue of car park freeloaders at the hospital.

Tauranga Hospital staff and members of the public abusing the free car parks at the hospital are causing headaches for sick patients and their families.

Bay of Plenty District Health Board facilities and business operations general manager Jeff Hodson said the "abuse" occurred in both of

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