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Nurses set for car parking showdown with Glasgow hospital bosses


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”

Anne Thomson

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


Readers' comments (5)

  • Why do the official people involved never think of this?!?!
    The site of the new hospital is absolutely horrendous to get to via public transport and having been part of a new hospital in Larbert not too far away from Glasgow, the facilities for staff parking is atrocious and you have to be very lucky in a staff lottery whether or not you were deemed lucky enough to have a parking permit!!!
    Feel sorry for all the staff heading there!
    It may be new and shiny and exciting for all the managers there but lets see how quickly that disappears when there's no staff in their wards because they've selfishly not thought of their hardworking staff!! AGAIN!!!

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  • I am so angry that people have to suffer with car parking fiascos. Doesn't matter where in the world we are. I am a nurse in Western Australia and we are tortured with similar problems. Why do governments and local councils continue to persecute health workers and visitors of patients, with exorbitant parking fees and/or lack of parking spaces.
    More often than not, I have to arrive way before my shift to find a parking space. Parking charges are deducted from wages.
    There is a large car park on campus,specifically for outpatients,which becomes empty after 5pm and remains empty until 7am Mon to Fri.Evening or night staff are not allowed to use this area during this period, even though it is the closest and safest car park with direct access to the wards. Weekends the empty space. What a waste!!

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  • Our local hospital, an expanding regional centre, and district health board, had the good sense to respond to staff and patient criticism and include a multi-storey carpark in its last round of new build on a fixed site. It was contracted out but charges are reasonable for patients and visitors and the smaller car parks it freed up are now reserved for staff. Relatives staying, student nurses and agency staff get a voucher for cheap parking ($1.50 per day =75p). Welcome to Hamilton New Zealand!

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  • Our hospital provides free onsite parking for all staff. Nobody needs to walk more than a minute to their car. Security staff provide personal escorts if asked. Welcome to Hillmorton Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand..

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  • use public transport and walk - reduces congestion! the more that use it the more they will be forced to improved its standards.
    also nurses working shifts have the advantage of not having to travel during rush hours.

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