The North Brisbane district of the Alliance has been working to address cost of hospital parking, particularly for those for whom it’s a barrier to accessing health care. We heard stories of families spending thousands of dollars to visit someone they loved in their final months. People with chronic illness told us they were forced to choose between medicines and visiting hospital.
Nearly everyone we spoke to was angry about the cost of hospital parking at Prince Charles Hospital. We got a Metro North Health and Hosptial service to agree to work with us to find a solution.
And in April last year a trial extension of the parking concessions started at the Prince Charles Hospital. The trial has been a success, and was part of the inspiration for Health Minister Cameron Dick announcing a $7.5 million subsidy scheme across Queensland. On 12 November last year we held a pre-election Assembly, and 113 people heard from ALP, Greens and LNP candidates who all committed to working with us on hospital parking, as well as the issues of Care and Employment and Training.
We wanted to ensure profits from parking stays in public hands. This year we won a new, public multi-story car park!
This District is lead by members of local Catholic, Uniting and Anglican churches, as well as the social workers, teachers, nurses and health workers involved through their unions, and leaders of the Syriac and African communities.