Bulwinkel solution to hospital parking comes at a price
DOCTOR Kim Bulwinkel believes in the power of paid parking.
For years the Rockhampton orthopaedic surgeon has voiced his stance that the "only solution" to the ongoing issue of parking at Rockhampton Hospital is to introduce the provision of money.
As Dr Bulwinkel was scrubbing up minutes before surgery yesterday, he told The Morning Bulletin that he was happy to see the issue being raised again.
"I've already been around the wheel many, many times with this issue," Dr Bulwinkel said.
"I did extensive work to propose solutions 10 years ago now. I did all the work, put together plans and syndicates, went out on a limb personally and only just avoided bankruptcy, then got let down by private funding backers. The impending GFC was the excuse and I was also clearly told that government support was a clear choice between upgrading and providing patient care services or assisting private enterprise in this type of endeavour.
"The major impediment was that public opinion overwhelmingly said that they should not pay for parking but unless people understand the only way parking is going to be available is by the provision of money, there will not be a different outcome."
In a poll released on The Morning Bulletin website yesterday, over 40% of online voters said they wouldn't pay for hospital parking with only 32% saying they would pay a fee under $5 if they had to.
In the original article published in yesterday's Bulletin, Hospital boss Len Richards said moving non-hospital services to off-site locations to free up some space for surface parking was another possible solution.
Dr Bulwinkel however disagrees.
"Moving non-hospital departments somewhere else away from the hospital is a band-aid solution," Dr Bulwinkel said.
"It won't work, those services should ideally be in close proximity to hospitals."
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A Rockhampton Hospital spokesperson said yesterday the online survey had already received 90 responses at 3pm yesterday.
To complete the anonymous survey visit cqhealth.citizenspace.com before Friday, June 12.
What would you consider to be a fair charge to park for the day?
This poll ended on 15 May 2015.
Up to $5
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.