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Simon said no to pay and display parking at the Hospital

By johnboy - 10 April 2007 26

This morning Katy Gallagher was talking to the ABC and admitted that if you are going to have pay parking at a hospital then maybe it isn’t the brightest idea ever to expect people in need of the hospital to guess when they arrive how much money to load into a pre-paid voucher. At some point in the future she’d like to fix it but hey, it’s not like she’s ever responsible for anything so why start now?

Later today Brendan Smyth dropped the bombshell out of his FOI gleanings that Simon Corbell also thought pay and display was a piss poor idea for a hospital (see the note above).

It appears that the only reason they pushed on with pay and display was because it would make them more money, to some considerable degree from suffering people who wouldn’t know how long they’d need to budget for.

Well done Simon for having the decency to put your opposition in writing. It’s just a shame about the “no fuss” super-mum minister raking in the cash from the sick and suffering.

UPDATED: The ABC reports that Simon has been sent out to explain to the media that he really did support Pay and Display by the end of the process.

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iceu 9:38 pm 11 Apr 07

Well, the pay and display system was the least of my worries when I visited the hospital for a routine appointment today. Was scheduled for 11.15am, and I arrived half an hour early. Drove around, and around, and around. No parks. None. Did this until 5 minutes before my appointment, then parked in a side street.

I ended up running to my appointment [yes, they’re usually on time] which probably wasn’t so good an idea when it involved lung function testing and therefore no asthma puffer.

Anyway, what a load of crud. I’ll catch the three separate buses just to get there next time.

End rant 🙂

seepi 6:16 pm 11 Apr 07

I just read the CT article. I can’t believe it cost them 1.5 million to set up this fiasco, and it will make 1 million a year. So so far it is still losing money, as well as upsetting ill people and devastated relatives. And it will cost them more money to do it properly with boom gates, so it will not happen anytime soon. And when/if it does, the 1.5 million they spent on setting this system up will be down the drain.

Can this lot do anything right the first time?

ctd 5:05 pm 11 Apr 07

what about something like first 2 or 3 hours free – go to the machine, punch the button, get a ticket for 3 hours free. If you want to stay longer, you pay. If you are actually at the hospital, you have to walk back to your car after 3 hours and punch the button for another ticket – so you have a bit of hassle but can stay for free; but if you have parked there to walk to Woden or bus to Civic etc, then chances are you cant walk back to your car every 3 hours (ie 2x per day).

hospital staff, of course, get a pass to park for free.

seepi 2:17 pm 11 Apr 07

too true.

a lot of people do seem prepared to walk a fair distance, so why not build a half price multistorey somewhere like anzac park.

Maelinar 2:09 pm 11 Apr 07

putting car parking in civic would also solve the problem.

seepi 2:01 pm 11 Apr 07

For info – ambulance insurance is only about 25.00 a year, which is worth having if one trip costs 625.00.

They should just build a nice big three storey carpark at Calvary and charge for that with a boomgate. And if you can get a free one somewhere else then good.

I cna’t believe anyone was really parking at Calvary and bussing to Civic (why not park is the streets of Ainslie and walk.) But if true, then the govt shoud provide some park and ride car parks in the area.

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