Nursing staff are to hand managers a petition of 7,000 signatures demanding more parking and better public transport at a new hospital site in Glasgow.
Staff, patients and the public have all signed the petition, which demands that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council put in place adequate parking and public transport for the new South Glasgow Hospitals due to open in just eight weeks’ time.
“Some will have to set off the night before their 8.30am shift if they are to get to work on time via public transport, which is clearly ludicrous”
The petition, containing 7,000 signatures, will be presented to local health service managers on Tuesday at Gartnavel Royal Hospital, to coincide with the latest meeting of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Anne Thomson, the Royal College of Nursing’s senior officer for Greater Glasgow, said: “The new hospital is going to be state of the art and is fantastic news for patient care.
“However, if nurses and others can’t get to work in time for their shifts because parking and public transport are inadequate, the care the hospital offers will be undermined,” she said.
“We have repeatedly pressed the health board and council for solutions to this, but with eight weeks to go, our members still don’t know how they are going to get to work,” said Ms Thomson. “Some will have to set off the night before their 8.30am shift if they are to get to work on time via public transport, which is clearly ludicrous.
“So tomorrow we are going to present the health board with our petition of 7,000 signatures – if members of the public would like to show support, please come along,” she added.
The RCN said it had requested that the health board’s chair Andrew Robertson receive the petition