Pay­ing price to swerve the has­sle

The Herald - - OPINION -

I SEE a so­lu­tion to the park­ing space short­age at the £842 mil­lion Queen Elizabeth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal has been found: a strip of waste land and two guys in a Por­tak­abin.

Now, in­stead of join­ing an end­less stream of cars cir­cling the car parks in search of a rare as hens’ teeth space, one can park op­po­site the cam­pus. It costs £4, as op­posed to the free, of­fi­cial spa­ces, but it is worth it to avoid the has­sle.

At least there are spa­ces re­served for staff at the QEUH, un­like at the Royal In­fir­mary in Glas­gow where park­ing can cost £20 a day. Try af­ford­ing that on a nurse’s wage.

Hos­pi­tal park­ing charges were scrapped in 2008, but in three places, the Glas­gow and

Ed­in­burgh Roy­als, and Ninewells, they per­sist be­cause the land and build­ings are owned and op­er­ated un­der the pri­vate fi­nance ini­tia­tive.

Nurses and other staff at the Royal are not ask­ing for free park­ing, though that would be nice, but they would like a flat fee of a fiver a day.

If you think the owners should play Santa and bring in a flat rate, you can join the 11,000 plus peo­ple who have al­ready signed the pe­ti­tion at www.change.org

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