Letter | Bathurst Hospital parking

NEW SPACES: David Hines, Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and acting Bathurst Base general manager Brad Molenkamp in the new car park.
NEW SPACES: David Hines, Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and acting Bathurst Base general manager Brad Molenkamp in the new car park.

IT is great to see the new car spaces at the Bathurst Hospital. I went and had a look for myself while at the hospital last week and they are being used, which is the whole point of them being established in the first place.

Once complete, the 70-plus car spaces at the hospital will help with the parking issues surrounding the hospital, but we do have to look at getting more as the Bathurst population continues to grow.

This is all positive news.

What I am not impressed with is the “Spot the lazy staff” comment by the flat-worded Windradyne Whisperer in this newspaper on August 21 and his attempt to push the executive of the hospital to “manage” parking availability.

The Bathurst Hospital executive are doing a fantastic job of managing the parking situation for patients and staff alike.

The staff at the Bathurst Hospital are not “lazy” or “inconsiderate” and the hospital executive do not need to “get rid” of anyone parking at the hospital. 

The hospital caters to the public with its resources (the actual space on the land) adequately.

I concede there need to be more parking spaces, but this is what we have to work with at the moment until the problem is looked at and can be fixed in the future.

Every person that presents to the Bathurst Hospital, be they “elderly” or “disabled”, plus their aides, are seen to, triaged and assisted throughout their visit to the service professionally and with the greatest care, regardless of the quality of their car park while visiting the service.

Instead of being an obstructionist, the Whisperer needs to help find a systematic solution to the problem - not throw selective words of disdain at the executive and other staff of the Bathurst Hospital who are already working in a tough environment.

Ray Wilson, Bathurst