North Island MLA Claire Trevena has again written to the Minister of Health calling for a rethink on plans for paid parking at the new Campbell River hospital.
She questions the rationale she has received about charging for hospital parking which appear to be simply because it is done at other hospitals. Trevena noted that elected officials from around the North Island have asked the Minister and the health authority to allow free parking at the hospital.
“Their concerns are that in addition to dealing with the worry of a hospital visit, their citizens are already dealing with multiple hour car and /or ferry journeys at times in adverse weather,” she said.
“There is a serious worry about people’s ability to pay, the stress that will impose on families and the burden on hospital staff. A hospital is an important community resource it should serve the community fully. Clearly this is not happening as can be evinced by the communities’ vociferous opposition to paid parking.”
Further with free parking in most of Campbell River, charging at the hospital would be an anomaly.
Trevena has also raised the question brought to her by the strong health care campaign group in the North Island that charging for parking would effectively be a barrier to health care and therefore contravene the Health Act.