“It’s time the Health Minister ended the blame game with the Adelaide City Council on this matter and came forward with a solution to what is essentially a public safety issue,” said Ms Sanderson.
“Minister Snelling needs to sit down with the Adelaide City Council and work out a temporary parking solution until the eventual relocation of the Hospital to North Terrace.
“The lack of parking at the Women’s and Children’s forces nursing staff and families with sick children to walk long distances at all hours of the day and night to access the hospital.
“The lack of car parking places those nurses and the families at an unacceptable risk of physical assault.
“Nurses and families of patients at the Women’s and Children’s regularly approach my office asking why it is virtually impossible to get a park in close proximity to the hospital.
“Unfortunately the Minister for Health wants to wash his hands of his obligations to provide that parking and a safe environment for hospital employees and patients.”
Minister for Health Jack Snelling :I have to say, the problems that we have had withparking around the Women's and Children's Hospital are entirely the result of parkingrestrictions that have been imposed for the last number of years by the Adelaide City Council.(Hansard 29/07/2015)
“These problems pre-date the opening of Adelaide Oval and are not ‘entirely the result of parking restrictions that have been imposed for the last number of years’,” said Ms Sanderson.
“The lack of parking at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital was one of the first issues I dealt with after being elected in 2010.
“Minister Snelling needs to deal with this issue now.”