Paying price to swerve the hassle
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