Campbell River – The North Island MLA has called for parking to remain free at the new Campbell River regional hospital when it opens in two years’ time.
Claire Trevena has written to the Minister of Health, Terry Lake, and the CEO of Island Health, Brendan Carr, asking for plans to charge for parking to be reconsidered.
“Charging for parking adds cost to accessing care, adds stress to families, and is an anomaly in Campbell River where there is almost no paid parking,” she said.
“Campbell River is a regional hub and people who come from up island and the islands definitely need their cars to get to the hospital. This is a concern for patients and their families. To add insult to injury, the revenues from the parking won’t be going to the hospital.”
Trevena worked with many stakeholders over the last number of years to ensure that Campbell River’s new hospital remained in the city and that there would be no loss of services provided there. Concerns still remain about the capacity at the new facility.