Parking work group mystery
DOCTOR Harvey Ward is unimpressed by statements from the Mid North Coast Local Health Network that they had strategies in place for parking and traffic flow to benefit patients and staff of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
Dr Ward said he had been a member of the hospital's medical staff council for four years and had never heard of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus car parking working group.
He said he did not know who was on it, had never seen any minutes of meetings and did not know of anyone who had been contacted to provide information to it.
A spokeswoman for the Mid North Local Health Network recently said the Coffs Harbour Health Campus car parking working group provided advice on managing the available space at the campus.
Dr Ward, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, said parking at the hospital had already reached a critical level, with patients forced to walk up to 700-800 metres from where they could park to the emergency department and staff parking in the koala reserve at the rear of the hospital.
Dr Ward said it was vital that the public had access at all times to the city's only Emergency Department.
He said both access and parking would be at crisis point by the end of the year when a new day surgery and specialist centre opens at the campus entrance.
The specialist, who works between Baringa private hospital and the public hospital, said an excuse that he was unable to find anywhere to park was unlikely to wash with any woman wanting to deliver her baby at the hospital.