MP urges NSW Government to delay paid parking at Campbelltown Hospital

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and opposition spokesman for health Ryan Park at Campbelltown Hospital.
Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and opposition spokesman for health Ryan Park at Campbelltown Hospital.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has called on the Berejiklian government to ensure paid parking at Campbelltown Hospital is not introduced for at least six months.

This follows NSW Labor's calls for parking at all hospitals around the state to be free for at least the next six months due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Patients, visitors and staff were expected to start paying to park in the new complex in the north eastern corner of the Campbelltown Hospital this year.

However, Mr Warren thinks paid parking should not be enforced at the site for six months.

"I want to reiterate that I don't believe paid parking should be introduced at Campbelltown Hospital, ever," he said.

"The escalating threat of COVID-19 will undoubtedly place more pressure on our local hospital.

"Given the mass job losses that have occurred already as a result of the virus, paid parking at hospitals like Campbelltown is an unnecessary financial imposition that must be avoided.

"I implore the government to guarantee that paid parking will not be introduced at Campbelltown Hospital for at least six months."

Opposition spokesman for health Ryan Park said given the enormous pressure families and the elderly are already under due to the pandemic he had called on the government to immediately halt all fees for hospital car parking.

"This is a difficult and unprecedented time and we need to be doing everything we can to ease that pressure on the family budget," he said.

"Now is not the time to be making money off people who are dealing with a health crisis.

"We know people are facing unemployment and financial stress so let's do what we can to ease that burden.

"Removing these fees may not mean that much to the Government but it sure will mean a lot to those during this pandemic."

The Advertiser has reached out to the South West Sydney Local Health District for comment.