Camden Council push to scrap Campbelltown Hospital parking prices

Unwanted cost: Campbelltown Hospital's new parking prices have drawn criticism from politicians, staff, visitors and patients alike. Picture: Simon Bennett

Unwanted cost: Campbelltown Hospital's new parking prices have drawn criticism from politicians, staff, visitors and patients alike. Picture: Simon Bennett

Camden councillor Cindy Cagney wants the 'unfair' parking prices recently implemented at Campbelltown Hospital scrapped.

Cr Cagney raised a notice of motion at last week's council meeting calling on the council to write to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and health minister Brad Hazzard to request that the New South Wales Government remove the parking fees at the hospital.

It was supported unanimously by all councillors.

Cr Cagney said charging people to park at the hospital was unfair, particularly for its hardworking staff.

"It's totally unfair - we pay taxes to fund these projects in the first place so it's unacceptable to me that people should have to pay to visit the hospital," she said.

"Over the past few weeks a few of my family members had had to visit the hospital for various reasons and luckily we are in a position to be able to pay for parking when needed but it works out to be quite expensive over extended periods of time."

Councillor Eva Campbell said she also had family members at Campbelltown Hospital for emergency care recently.

She said it was like patients and visitors were being unnecessarily punished with paid parking.

"[The hospital] is not easily accessible, it's not readily accessible for any form public transport, you are pretty much committing people to travelling in their cars and I don't think when they have already got problems, we should be hitting them up with a financial burden as well," Cr Campbell said.

A Campbelltown Hospital spokesman told the Advertiser last month revenue raised through car parking fees would be invested in maintenance, capital improvements and facilities at the Local Health District level, and was in line with NSW Health policies and guidelines.

"Concessional car parking fees will be available for eligible patients, carers and visitors, with savings of up to $200 a week," he said.

"As part of the $632 million stage two redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital, parking has been significantly increased adding more than 800 spaces across the campus, previously unavailable to staff, visitors and the community.

"The new $34.1 million multi-level car park is providing parking for staff, so patients and the community have improved access to the most convenient parking closer to hospital entrances.

"The Campbelltown Hospital stage two redevelopment will include an expanded emergency department, a new intensive care unit, upgraded maternity and paediatric services and enhanced diagnostic services."

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