Hospital workers should park for free

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Member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie, has today called on the Palaszczuk Labor government to extend its support and provide free parking at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for all hospital staff.

Mr Bleijie said he has been overwhelmed by the examples of support for our local health care workers coming from the local business community, who themselves are experiencing difficult trading conditions, and wants the state government to extend its support and provide free parking for staff.

“I have seen examples of local hotels offering to put up hospital staff, local café’s delivering trays of coffees, and hospitality businesses delivering freshly made meals for frontline workers,” Mr Bleijie said.

“Our health workers deserve the full support of government however and wherever possible.

“Whilst I understand the SCUH multi-level carpark is operated independently by Point Parking, Queensland Health already purchases parking vouchers for patients, and I want the Palaszczuk government to extend that program for staff.”

Mr Bleijie said many nurses and other hospital staff who struggle to afford car parking are forced to park several kilometers away and walk to work, often in the dark.

He said health staff are on the front line working tirelessly to save lives and deserve this support from the state government whilst battling this health crisis.

 
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