Plans on the table
NO STAFF parking at the Warwick Hospital is under threat from being taken over by construction, director of nursing Megan O'Shannessy said.
"None whatsoever," she said.
Mrs O'Shannessy responded to the Daily News article published on Friday, June 1, in which councillors expressed concerns about potential development at the hospital taking away staff car parks and exacerbating the current public parking situation.
A spokeswoman for Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the message from the hospital was it was happy with the amount of staff and public parking there now.
Council discussed the issue last week, deciding to ask Queensland Health for more information about any new infrastructure planned for the Warwick Hospital to make sure its plans to increase the number of spaces in Locke St would not be in vain.
Construction at the hospital included new student accommodation for Griffith University.
Darling Downs Health Service District acting CEO officer Dr Peter Bristow said that construction would help keep rural placements in Warwick.
"This includes… a 60-chair seminar room and 24-bed accommodation at Warwick," he said.
"This is an exciting opportunity for our district and it's a major step forward in our recruitment and retention strategies for the coming years," he said.
Cr Neil Meiklejohn last week told the Daily News he hoped council would have all of the information it needed in time to consider what resources to allocate during budgetary deliberations.
Suggestions to alleviate the parking situation include taking a small portion of Victoria Park to extend the car park along Locke St.