Nurses welcome Redcliffe Hospital car park announcement

Published: 23 August 2017

The Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) has welcomed the State Government’s decision to build a multi-storey car park at Redcliffe Hospital.

QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said the decision would benefit patients, families and staff.

Ms Mohle said the lack of onsite parking caused patients, visitors and staff stress and forced many to park up to 10 minutes away in surrounding streets.

She said those walking to and from their cars were at risk after hours.

“Hospital parking is a top, state-wide concern for patients, families, nurses, midwives and all hospital staff,’’ Ms Mohle said.

“A consistent and comprehensive plan is required to keep costs as low as possible to provide safe parking for patients and staff returning to their vehicles at all hours.’’

Ms Mohle said she looked forward to hearing additional announcements from the Palaszczuk Government’s Four Point Action Plan for hospital car parking.

In particular, the QNMU welcomes the Government’s preferred approach to finance and build car parks while allocating responsibility for operation to Hospital and Health Services. This will help to keep parking costs as low as possible.

The Government’s plan aims to develop parking concession policies for hospitals and health services with paid parking and increase concessional parking spaces at Queensland public hospitals by 100,000 per year.