Healthcare workers at Campbelltown Hospital have rallied to protest a monthly fee of almost $100 for onsite parking the government built using taxpayer money.
NSW Health staff have protested against the introduction this week of paid parking at Campbelltown Hospital.
The protest was supported by the Health Services Union, whose NSW Secretary, Gerard Hayes, described the conduct of the state government as “disgraceful”.
“This is a sneaky backdoor tax on infrastructure that has already been paid for by NSW taxpayers,” Mr Hayes said.
Campbelltown Hospital’s $34.1 million multi-level carpark was built by the state government and then sold on to a private operator. The development was part of the state government’s $632 million redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital.
At the time the car park construction had reached its highest point, Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals general manager Alison Derrett praised the future benefits of the site.
“The car park […] will provide our patients, staff and community with improved parking well into the future,’’ Ms Derrett said.
Under the new parking arrangement, hospital workers will cop a bill of nearly $100 a fortnight to park their vehicles onsite. Patients and visitors of the hospital will be charged at a higher rate of $20.20 for one day’s parking in the 800-space facility.
Mr Hayes called for the government to reverse its decision to privatise the multi-level carpark.
“In the middle of the COVID vaccination rollout, our healthcare heroes are more important than ever. This decision needs to be reversed immediately,” he said.
“The NSW Government already slashed their promised pay rise and now healthcare workers will be even further out of pocket.”