Dr Lisa Cameron has called upon NHS Lanarkshire to review their parking policy for staff at Hunter Community Health Centre.
Since the car park opened in May 2016, Dr Cameron written to NHS Lanarkshire to voice the concerns of number of administration staff based at the new site who have been refused permits to park for free at their workplace.
Staff at Hunter Community Health Centre are only eligible for free parking if they require a space for business purposes, despite NHS Lanarkshire stating that parking at all their facilities is free to use for staff, patients and visitors. Concerns from staff note that parking permits are reserved for doctors and nurses, whilst administration staff have to find alternative options. Parking at Ballerup Hall adjacent to the Health Centre costs up to £5.80 per day for full time staff.
Speaking after receiving a response to her letter, Dr Cameron stated,
“I am disappointed at the response received from NHS Lanarkshire to their staff concerns.
“This has a disproportionate impact on administration staff who generally are on lower wages and are least able to afford a cost of almost £30 per week to park at their work.
“NHS Lanarkshire have said that they will review their policy periodically, and I urge them to take on board feedback from staff who say that the car park is underutilised and reinstate parking rights which are available at other sites.”