THE problem of congested car parking at the new hospital seems no closer to being solved.
It was previously suggested that “priority parking” be given to people having to attend clinics. It is clear, as presented in the media, that the solution will be to increase the area for parking of cars, but this will only compound the problem.
People who attend clinics are not necessarily able to use disabled parking spaces, but have some disability which requires them to attend a clinic.
The penalty for these patients is borne in the time taken to find a park, the time limit on the parking space and invariably a considerable distance to walk to the hospital.
Increasing the area for parking could only exacerbate the problem.
There are well-defined parking bays close to the hospital’s entrance which would cater adequately as priority parking for patients attending clinics and would then revert to normal visitor use when such clinics are not operating.