Hawke's Bay Hospital parking fee veto

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 05:00 28/02/2013

Relevant offers

Hawke's Bay

Sports coach manipulated girl Who will turn two towns' lights off? Crosses honour soldiers' sacrifice 'I knew I had killed him' - officer Port profits to pay for dam, almost Lock down at Marineland proves tricky Changes to dam plan could affect viability Police shooting actions 'commendable' Board approves $275m dam plan Fatal police shooting inquest begins

A bid to start charging staff and patients for parking at Hawke's Bay Hospital has been roundly rejected by the district health board.

Hospital management, concerned at the lack of parking and the cost of maintaining parks, had proposed that patients and visitors pay fees of $2 for up to an hour and a maximum of $5 for a full day, and that staff pay between $10 and $20 a week.

The 11 DHB members gave a variety of reasons for opposing the plan at their monthly meeting yesterday.

Chairman Kevin Atkinson questioned the impact on the goodwill of staff at a time when they were being asked to meet increasing efficiency demands.

Ngahiwi Tomoana said charges would be seen as punitive on people who came to the hospital in need of compassion and at times of trauma.

The last thing they needed was a fine, or finding their car had been towed away.

Dan Druzianic felt charges would "disenfranchise a large number of staff".

Denis Eaglesome said the board had to value its people and suggested the region's councils be asked whether they could fund more parking space through rates.

Diana Kirton said many could struggle with the charge.

Hawke's Bay is one of 12 DHBs that do not charge parking fees.

Wellington's Capital & Coast DHB made more than $2 million from car parks in the 2011-12 year.

Contact Marty Sharpe
Hawke's Bay reporter
Email: marty.sharpe@dompost.co.nz

Ad Feedback

- © Fairfax NZ News

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Would you support your local council paying the 'living wage'?

Yes - it's moral and fair, no matter the costs.

Yes, but there should be a cap on the wage.

Only for the very lowest waged.

Not at all - survival of the fittest.

Don't know/Not sure.

Vote Result

Related story: Council's living wage blowout

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content