The Regina General Hospital could be a more difficult place to park at in the new year with the introduction of parking meters from the city of Regina.
However, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says this poses a major problem for their members.
SUN President Tracy Zambory said it doesn’t make sense for nurses to have to move their vehicles every two hours.
“For them to have to leave every two hours is impossible.” Zambory said. “They have patients to care for, so for them to be able to stop what they are doing in patient care and go out and plug their meter, it just doesn’t work for them. They’re not just able to pick up and leave.”
Zambory said it can hinder a nurses ability to do their job, as finding parking in the first place is difficult enough.
“The information that I’ve heard from members when we’ve been talking to them on this situation is, when they actually do finally get a break, they have to spend their entire break trying to find another parking spot and as a result they don’t get a time to have a recharge or a bit of a rest before they have to go back onto a ward. ”
However Zambory said the union is willing to collaborate with the city to find a solution.
“It’s all about making sure that all of our constituents, whether it is someone who lives in Regina or not, is able to know that they are going to be able to come to the hospital and they are going to be cared for by health professionals who don’t have to worry about getting a parking ticket.”
Council will vote whether or not to install the parking meters on December 10th. Signage is currently in place to enforce the two-hour parking limit.