Teen’s petition prompts hospital pay parking review

Gidon Goodman's family spent $10,000 on car parking fees visiting him in hospital. Photo ABC News: Stephanie Dalzell

Gidon Goodman’s family spent $10,000 on car parking fees visiting him in hospital. Photo ABC News: Stephanie Dalzell

Parking at hospitals across the state, including at the controversial new Lismore Base Hospital parking station, could get dramatically cheaper after a petition by a Sydney teenager attracted 70,000 signatures.

Thirteen-year-old Gidon Goodman, whose family has spent more than $10,000 in hospital parking fees visiting him, successfully petitioned the government to make changes.

The teen, who was a long-term patient at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, urged the NSW Department of Health to review the ‘unregulated’ and ‘extortionate’ price of parking at public hospitals, deemed more expensive than parking at the domestic airport or Bondi Beach.

The teenager will join NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and health minister Brad Hazzard in Sydney on Monday when they announce ‘fair and consistent hospital fees and concessions statewide’, which will save some families up to $200 a week.

Prices at Lismore Base Hospital car park may finally be reduced. File photo

Prices at Lismore Base Hospital car park may finally be reduced. File photo

Shadow health minister Walt Secord, who has been vocal in opposing the price hikes at hospital car parks, said the issue constituted the third largest source of complains received by his office after ED and elective surgery waiting times.

Mr Secord said he ‘cautiously welcomed’ initial details of Mr Hazzard’s comments but would like to ‘see the fine print of the announcement.’

‘The government should consider special provisions for relatives visiting dying loved ones,’ he said.

Mr Secord added he hoped ‘the new hospital car parking policy would be fair and would meet community expectations.’

– with AAP

4 responses to “Teen’s petition prompts hospital pay parking review”

  1. Paul says:

    Parking at hospitals should be free period. The mayor of Lismore should act on this issue or be held accountable at the next election. Its no good reducing fees on a single side street and claiming to have fulfilled an election pledge. Everyday more people visit the hospital and therefore everyday you lose more votes. Everybody thinks of paid hospital parking as the former mayors legacy and knows the current mayor supported it.

    This is how it works, we visit the hospital and are not happy worrying about parking fees. We talk to the medical staff and they are not happy either (unless they are a wealthy medical specialist who enjoys subsided parking). Net result- the mayor loses votes everyday.

    • Jon says:

      I fully agree. Hospitals should be the last place to be making money from parking for patients and their families. It’s damned cruel in fact, heaping further angst on people who are either sick or visiting sick people.
      Even as an outpatient who sees a specialist periodically, I have no idea how long I’m going to be kept waiting at Lismore Base without worrying about whether or not I’ve paid enough. Fortunately I’m still nimble of foot and just park down at the shops, walking up the hill. Last time I waited almost an hour past my appointment time to see my specialist.
      Scrap fees altogether!

  2. Joe Monks says:

    A significant contributer to parking woes around hospitals is government failure to provide parking for staff. Before Council introduced paid parking outside Lismore Base you couldn’t find a space for love or money. Now at least the spots turn over but residents in surrounding streets cop the grief caused by boofheads parking halfway across driveways or parking directly opposite a driveway in a narrow street. Much of this poor parking behaviour is caused by the grief, stress and haste that normally accompanies visits to hospitals. Lets get the staff off the street and we might go some way to solving the problem.

  3. Paul says:

    No Joe Monks. That will solve the staffs problem and leave the patients hanging out to dry. Just like the wealthy medical specialists looked after their own interests and left you (the staff) out to dry.

    Not to mention the former mayor and her sidekicks, who have let everyone down.

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